Comey to Testify Publicly After Memorial Day

Former FBI director James Comey will testify publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee after Memorial Day, the panel’s chairman and ranking member announced Friday evening.

“The Committee looks forward to receiving testimony from the former Director on his role in the development of the Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, and I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media,” Republican Richard Burr of the North Carolina said.

Mark Warner, the Virginia senator and top Democrat on the committee, sounded a similar note, adding that Comey “served his country with honor for many years, and . . . deserves an opportunity to tell his story.”

“Moreover, the American people deserve an opportunity to hear it,” Warner concluded.

The announcement came after the New York Times published the latest story chronicling President Trump’s relationship with Comey over the onetime FBI chief’s handling of the Bureau’s Russia probe.

President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting.

“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official.

“I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

This post originally appeared on Weekly Standard


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