Former FBI Director James Comey, who was sacked by U.S. President Donald Trump last week amid an agency probe into alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election, has agreed to testify before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee at a public hearing, the committee said in a statement on Friday.
Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before an open meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee, CNBC reports.
Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the committee, said Comey "deserves an opportunity to tell his story".
The New York Times has reported that Trump asked Comey for his "loyalty" during a private dinner and requested he drop the investigation into Michael T. Flynn, his former national security adviser, who is under scrutiny regarding his ties to Russian Federation and Turkey.
Separately the New York Times reported that Trump boasted to Russian officials at a White House meeting last week that firing Comey relieved "great pressure" the president faced from a law-enforcement probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
"I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was insane, a real nut job", Mr Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by a USA official.
"I think he's very respectful of the role that the Congress is playing in doing its investigation", she said, "and the separate and distinct role that the Department of Justice is pursuing".
The White House repeated its assertion that a "thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity".
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Trump met with the Russians on May 10, the day after he fired Comey.
While the White House initially pointed to a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, outlining Comey's mismanagement of the investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's private email server, as the impetus for his termination, Trump later admitted that the Russian Federation investigation, which the president has called a "hoax", played a role. Asked whether that included Rosenstein, he said, "I don't think he did a lot to bolster our confidence in him". The investigation is now in the hands of a special counsel, as well as multiple Congressional committees. The person may be cooperating or have information of use to investigators.
Burr said the committee wants to hear from Comey on his role in the development of the USA intelligence agencies' assessment that Russian Federation interfered in last year's election. But he added, "I wrote it".
Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings called Trump's reported comment "astonishing and extremely troubling".
White House hopes that Trump could leave scandalous allegations at home were crushed in a one-two punch of revelations that landed shortly after his departure.
Rosenstein instead delivered careful characterizations about the inquiry and deferred to Mueller's autonomy as special counsel, and a pending investigation into Comey's conduct by the Justice Department's inspector general.
Trump has said he plans to nominate a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director soon, but there was no announcement Friday.
Comey, who headed the FBI's now-criminal investigation into the same events, declined to do so.