Former FBI director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8 as part of its probe into alleged Russian meddling in the USA presidential election and possible collusion with President Donald Trump's campaign, the committee said on Thursday (June 1).
Mark Warner, D-Va, said in a statement that Comey's public testimony will be followed by a closed session with the committee later that day.
Representatives of the committee would not comment on the report.
Comey allies have told NBC News he is eager to tell his story after abruptly being fired by Trump last month.
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Senators are expected to grill Comey and try to determine how forceful Trump was during talks about Flynn, and whether he actually tried to derail the probe.
The scope of Comey's testimony was not exactly clear, though Mueller was permitting him to speak publicly, an associate told the AP.
On Capitol Hill, a rift continued between Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the chairman of the House intelligence committee, and Democrats on the panel.
The Trump administration said his handling of the inquiry into defeated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's emails was the reason for his dismissal. A senior committee aide said Wednesday's subpoenas were not part of the Russian Federation probe.
On Wednesday, Nunes asked the agencies for details of any requests made by two top Obama administration aides and the former Central Intelligence Agency director to "unmask" Trump campaign advisers inadvertently picked up in top-secret foreign communications intercepts, according to congressional sources.
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The former officials named in the subpoenas were Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power and former CIA Director John Brennan.
The House panel pursuing its own investigation of the Trump campaign and possible Russian Federation ties has also sought information from Comey, asking the FBI to turn over documents related to his interactions with both the White House and the Justice Department. That was too late for the early voters, however, and too late also for people who sensibly had figured out how they'd vote and had moved on to other things. Any such requests undergo rigorous legal reviews.
Representative Jim Himes, a Democrat on the House Intelligence panel, replied to Trump's tweet, calling it a "pathetic distraction".
"We approved subpoenas for several individuals for testimony, personal documents and business records", Reps.
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