James Comey, the fired FBI director, plans to testify in the Senate publicly as early as next week to confirm bombshell accusations that President Donald Trump pressured him to stop his investigation into a top Trump aide’s ties to Russia, a source said Wednesday, who’s close to the issue.
No official date for his testimony has been set yet and the final details are still being worked on. The Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating the possible connections between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election, is the Committee which is expecting Comey.
A source reported that Comey has been speaking privately with Special Counsel Robert Mueller III to make sure there are no legal entanglements as a result of his public account by working out the parameters for his testimony. A formal interview will likely happen with Mueller after Comey’s public testimony. Mueller is a longtime colleague at the Justice Department of Comey.
The source said, according to CNN, that when Comey testifies, he is unlikely to be willing to discuss in any detail the FBI’s investigation into the charges of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Comey however appears eager to discuss his tense interactions with Trump before he got fired, which have now caused the allegations that Trump may have tried to obstruct the FBI investigation. Comey’s public testimony will likely bring intense scrutiny to an investigation that Trump has numerous times called a “witch hunt”, it will be a dramatic chapter in the months-long controversy.
Some members of Congress have raised concerns, since the appointment of Mueller as a special counsel in the Russia investigation could scuttle the chance for the public and Congress to hear from Comey directly. That appears unlikely now since Comey and Mueller have discussed the limits of his testimony.
Dramatic accounts have emerged in CNN, the New York Times, and elsewhere about the confrontations with Trump that Comey noted down in his memos afterward, since his firing last month.
“The bottom line is he’s going to testify,” the source close to the issue said. “He’s happy to testify, and he’s happy to cooperate.” – According to CNN.
Mueller’s office and Justice Department officials declined to comment.