Russia investigation: Ex-FBI chief James Comey to testify before Senate Intel Committee in open session

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in public sometime after Memorial Day.

The committee’s chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, and the ranking Democrat, Sen. Mark Warner, announced Friday that Comey will testify in an open setting before the committee. The date of the hearing has not yet been set.

Burr says the committee wants to hear from Comey on his role in the development of the U.S. intelligence agencies’ assessment that Russia interfered in last year’s election.

He says he hopes Comey’s testimony will answer some of the questions that have arisen since Comey was suddenly dismissed last week by President Donald Trump.

This news after reports Friday in the New York Times and the Washington Post about the fallout from Trump’s firing of Comey, as well as the inquiry into Russia’s role in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

The Times reported Friday that Trump told the Russians that recently fired FBI Director James Comey was a “nut job” whose ouster relieved “great pressure” on him. The Washington Post reported that a senior Trump administration official is now a “person of interest” in the Russia probe. 

Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings called Trump’s reported comment about Comey “astonishing and extremely troubling.”

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