According to a breaking news report from CNN, former FBI Director James Comey will testify as early as next week “to confirm bombshell accusations that President Donald Trump pressured him to end his investigation into a top Trump aide’s ties to Russia.”
Although no official date for his testimony is set, Comey will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is in the middle of investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.
Although Comey isn’t likely to discuss the details surrounding the FBI’s investigation into alleged collusion between the Russian government and President Trump’s inner circle, sources close to the matter tell CNN that Comey “appears eager to discuss his tense interactions with Trump before his firing, which have now spurred allegations that the president may have tried to obstruct the investigation.”
If it happens, Comey’s public testimony promises to be a dramatic chapter in the months-long controversy, and it will likely bring even more intense scrutiny to an investigation that Trump has repeatedly denounced as a “witch hunt.”
The appointment of [Robert Mueller] as a special counsel in the Russia investigation had raised concerns among some members of Congress that his probe could scuttle the chance for Congress and the public to hear directly from Comey. That appears less likely now that Mueller and Comey have discussed the limits of his testimony.
BREAKING: James Comey plans to testify that Trump pushed him to end FBI probe into aide’s Russia ties, a source says https://t.co/V6AskneABk pic.twitter.com/RV2GkY1Dr1
— CNN (@CNN) May 31, 2017
Numerous reports have emerged since Comey’s firing that allege Trump demanded the then-FBI Director’s loyalty. The details from the meetings with Trump were recorded in memos by Comey afterwards. CNN’s source says Comey will refer to the memos in his upcoming testimony.
“The bottom line is he’s going to testify,” the source told CNN.
“He’s happy to testify, and he’s happy to cooperate.”
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