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Graham 'surprised' Comey will testify publicly

Graham 'surprised' Comey will testify publicly

Many of those committees have asked Comey to testify, and late Friday, leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Comey will appear before the panel publicly sometime after Memorial Day.

"I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media", Burr said in a joint statement announcing Comey had agreed to testify.

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 Flynn's dealings with Turkey and Russian Federation.

"He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by a USA official.

Mr Comey will certainly be asked about encounters that precipitated his firing, including a January dinner in which, according to the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, Mr Trump asked for his loyalty. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to the Times, which cited a document summarizing the meeting and read to it by an unnamed USA official.

The election interference aspect, which was first alleged in October in a report by the USA intelligence community, appears to be an accepted fact, said Democratic representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland, who has been at the centre of some of the more explosive congressional revelations about the Russian Federation probe. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to the Times.

President-elect Donald Trump embraces son in law Jared Kushner (R), as his daughter Ivanka Trump, (L), stands nearby, after his acceptance speech at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City.

The official announcement of Comey's dismissal cited his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server during her 2009-2013 tenure as Secretary of State. The newspaper also reported that the president had expressed his wishes that Comey could let go of the investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn. But he added: "I haven't lost my confidence in the president to be our president, I just haven't".

The details of his comments to the Russians would seem to bolster theories Mr Trump fired Mr Comey in an effort to choke off the Russia investigation.

The development will be seen to support the allegation that Mr Trump fired him because of the FBI's investigation into collusion between his presidential campaign and Russian operatives.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller on Wednesday to the position, reports CNN. He says he hopes Comey's testimony will answer some of the questions that have arisen since Comey was suddenly dismissed last week by Trump. Richard Burr, and the ranking Democrat, Sen. "It is a candid internal memorandum about the FBI director's public statements concerning a high-profile criminal investigation".

Mr Trump's terse denial followed reports by Reuters and other media about a memo written by Mr Comey alleging that Mr Trump made the request to close down the investigation into Mr Michael Flynn and Russian Federation in February. On Thursday, the Justice Department said a special counsel had been appointed to look into allegations of Russian interference in last year's election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign.