Senate Intelligence Committee invites Comey to testify

WASHINGTON — Former FBI Director James Comey won’t be making a previously scheduled appearance to address the Senate about his day job this week — but he may be back soon.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Ranking Member Mark Warner (D-Va.) have asked Comey to come testify next Tuesday, according to the committee.

“There are so many questions that only Mr. Comey can answer,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday afternoon on the Senate floor. “I for one salute Sen. Burr and Sen. Warner for inviting him to testify next week.”

The public may not get any immediate answers, however. The invitation is for a closed hearing, meaning the public and reporters won’t be allowed to attend.

Fired FBI Director Comey will testify before the committee on Tuesday in a closed door hearing.

Fired FBI Director Comey will testify before the committee on Tuesday in a closed door hearing.

(NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Comey was booked to testify at a Thursday Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats, but he’s been replaced by acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

“Comey was terminated last night. The chair will be filled hopefully by the acting director of the FBI,” Burr said late Wednesday morning.

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