Comey could come clean.
Fired FBI Director James Comey plans to testify before the Senate soon about President Trump’s alleged pressure to stop investigating his campaign Russia ties, according to a report.
CNN reported Wednesday that Comey could appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee as early as next week for his much-anticipated testimony — just weeks after Trump abruptly fired him.
The details of Comey’s expected testimony — including what he will legally be allowed to disclose — are still being worked out with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who took over the Russia probe, according to CNN.
Comey’s appearance might clarify the dizzying and contradictory accounts about what led to his unexpected exit.
When Trump fired Comey earlier this month, White House officials initially blamed Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. But Trump contradicted his own staff within days when he said he had always planned to fire Comey, regardless of anyone’s input.
Later reports revealed Trump asked Comey to end the investigation into Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser who stepped down over a secret conversation with a Russian ambassador. Trump also stated in a private talk with Kremlin officials that he considered Comey a “nut job” and fired him to “ease” the Russia investigation.
Comey’s testimony could come as Trump continues interviewing candidates to replace him as the new FBI director.
A spokeswoman for Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the panel “welcomes the testimony” of Comey but “does not have an announcement to make at this time.”
The White House declined to comment, referring questions to outside counsel.
With Cameron Joseph