Ex-FBI chief Comey to testify next week in Russia probe

Posted June 02, 2017

Former FBI director James Comey will testify before the US Senate Intelligence Committee on 8 June as part of its probe into alleged Russian meddling in the US presidential election and possible collusion with President Donald Trump's campaign.

The White House defended Trump's actions when news of Comey's memo surfaced, saying it was "not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Mr. Comey".

Comey's testimony will come after a new independent special counsel, former FBI director Robert Mueller, was appointed to take over the Justice Department and FBI Russia investigations. Trump officials have denied accusations that the president attempted to thwart the investigation. For one, he revealed publicly (via Twitter and in a much-discussed interview with NBC News' Lester Holt) that he had conversations concerning the Russian Federation probe with Comey. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said the committee welcomes Comey's testimony, but declined to comment further.

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Democrats shot back, accusing Trump, a Republican, of diverting attention from the ongoing scandal that has now hangs over his young presidency and criticizing committee Chairman Devin Nunes' subpoenas.

His testimony comes as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional panels are probingRussian election interference and contacts with Trump associates during and after the campaign.

Committee aides complained that the chairman, Representative Devin Nunes, who publicly recused himself from leading the Russian Federation probe in April following a secret visit he paid to White House officials, failed to consult Democrats on the subpoenas.

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He is expected to give evidence on conversations he had with President Donald Trump, in which the president reportedly asked him to drop an investigation into former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn.

A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment.

Subpoenas were approved Wednesday for Flynn and his company, Flynn Intel Group, and Cohen and his firm, Michael D. Cohen & Associates.

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"The hearing will begin at 10 AM in open session". "He blows away their case against him & now wants to clear his name by showing 'the false or misleading testimony by James Comey, John Brennan.' Witch Hunt!"