Former FBI Chief James Comey to Testify Before Senate Intelligence Committee

Cheryl Sanders
May 21, 2017

A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan said he would not discuss information provided in classified briefings and said the House Oversight committee had already asked for documents related to Comey's firing.

Comey has now agreed to testify before the senate intelligence committee, sometime after Memorial Day. The date has not been set.

Russian Federation has denied United States intelligence agencies' conclusion that it interfered in the election campaign to try to tilt the vote in Mr Trump's favour.

Separately, another Times report said Trump had told Russian officials in a closed-door meeting at the Oval Office that firing Comey "had relieved great pressure on him". "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to official documents cited by the New York Times.

And though Trump told the Russians he wasn't under investigation, that assessment was challenged by another bombshell report from The Washington Post that claimed the FBI's probe into interference in the 2016 presidential election is focused on a current White House adviser. Comey has come under intense scrutiny in recent months for his public comments on an investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's email practices, including a pair of letters he sent to Congress on the matter in the closing days of last year's campaign.

Citing a document summarising the meeting in the Oval Office last week, the New York Times said Mr Trump called Mr Comey a "real nut job".

Earlier on Friday, the New York Times reported that Trump told Russian officials the day after he fired Comey that the former FBI director was a "nut job" and he had let him go to take off the "great pressure" around the mounting investigation.

The White House has been thrown into turmoil by a succession of stunning allegations against the President this week, including that he may have obstructed justice by asking Mr. Comey to drop an investigation into one of his top advisors.

Despite calls for Trump's impeachment from some corners, Republicans are believed to still back the president, while the majority of Democrats have not yet joined calls for the USA president's ouster.

However, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Comey declined their invitation to testify before the panel over the circumstances surrounding his abrupt removal.

"The fact is he has been terminated but the reason for the termination has really not been ferreted out", said Feinstein.

The reports, emerging just as Trump jetted off to Saudi Arabia on his first foreign trip as president, were likely to extend the turmoil engulfing his administration since the May 9 firing of Comey. After Comey's firing, Trump himself has interviewed several potential nominees.

Trump denied that charge at a press conference on Thursday. Kevin Corke, live at the White House with more. He was insane, a real nut job, ” the Times reported that Trump said during the May 10 meeting.

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