NY [U.S.] May 20: Former FBI Director James Comey, who was sacked by the U.S. President, Donald Trump, amid an agency probe into Russian allegedly meddling in the U.S. election, has agreed to testify before the U.S. Senate Intelligence committee at a public hearing. "I also expect that Director Comey will be able to shed light on issues critical to this Committee's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election", said Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va.
Comey agreed on Friday to testify before the intelligence panel, which is conducting an investigation into Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 election, as well as possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
While the White House initially pointed to a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, outlining Comey's mismanagement of the investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's private email server, as the impetus for his termination, Trump later admitted that the Russian Federation investigation - which he has called a "hoax" - played a role. Chaffetz, who announced Thursday he is leaving Congress at the end of June, has requested Comey's memos, as has the Senate Judiciary Committee. Richard Burr, R-NC, the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Sen.
FBI Director James Comey is making a dramatic appearance Monday, March 20, 2017 before the House Intelligence Committee and is expected to publicly reject President Donald Trump's claims that he was wiretapped by his predecessor, Barack Obama.
"We're extremely disappointed in James Comey's decision not to testify voluntarily before the Judiciary Committee", a joint statement from the two lawmakers read. The investigation is now in the hands of a special counsel, as well as multiple Congressional committees.
Comey's memo about Trump's comments on the Flynn investigation has only added to concerns about the White House's shifting explanations for Comey's dismissal.
Rosenstein confirmed to lawmakers in briefings this week that the President already planned to remove Comey when he wrote his memo detailing the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's alleged transgressions.