Former FBI director Comey to testify publicly

Former FBI director Comey to testify publicly

"I hope that former Director Comey's testimony will help answer some of the questions that have arisen since Director Comey was so suddenly dismissed by the President", Warner said in the same statement, according to the Post.

Comey will testify in open session of the Senate Intelligence Committee at some point after the Memorial Day holiday, May 29, though a date has not yet been set.

Ex-FBI boss James Comey, who was sacked by Donald Trump, has agreed to testify publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"Director Comey served his country with honour for many years, and he deserves an opportunity to tell his story. Moreover, the American people deserve to hear it". Joint statement with @SenatorBurr: Former FBI Director Comey Agrees to Testify in Open Session at Senate Intel Committee - Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) May 19, 2017 The initial reports were that Trump's decision came as a result of a recommendation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and that it was because of Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's scandal regarding the homebrew email server that she used while she was secretary of state under Barack Obama.

Reports since his firing have fueled speculation that his termination had something to do with the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

The development will come as blow to White House efforts to dampen down interest in the Russian Federation investigation as Mr Trump jetted off to Saudi Arabia on his first foreign trip as president.

The document, which was read to the NYT by sources in the White House, is the latest evidence that Mr Trump fired Mr Comey at least in part because of an ongoing investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian officials.

Comey, however, turned down an invitation to testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee as well, which left chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., "extremely disappointed", the lawmakers said in a statement Friday evening. "Given his commitment to the people and the mission of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, we expected him to be responsive to the senators responsible for vetting its next proposed leader".

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. After the firing, associates of Comey leaked a February memo the FBI director had written describing a conversation in which Trump asked him to drop an investigation into former White House national security adviser Michael Flynns dealings with Turkey and Russian Federation.

Mr Comey's willingness to testify in an open session will likely alarm the White House, which has been struggling to contain the fallout from the sacking of one of America's highest profile officials.