"Ex-FBI director will testify about ‘his role in the development of the intelligence community assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 US elections’
Former FBI director James Comey will testify in an open hearing of the Senate intelligence committee at some point after Memorial Day, the committee announced Friday.
“The committee looks forward to receiving testimony from the former director on his role in the development of the intelligence community assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 US elections,” committee chairman Senator Richard Burr said in a statement, “and I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media”
Senator Mark Warner, the vice-chairman of the committee, said that he hoped the testimony “will help answer some of the questions that have arisen since director Comey was so suddenly dismissed by the president”.
“He deserves an opportunity to tell his story,” Warner said in the joint statement. “Moreover, the American people deserve an opportunity to hear it.”
The testimony will be required viewing for a country rapt by the intrigue surrounding Comey’s abrupt dismissal by Donald Trump on 9 May. Though the White House initially attributed the firing to Comey’s controversial handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server, Democrats and the press immediately suspected an effort to disrupt the FBI’s Russia investigation. Trump subsequently confirmed those suspicions in an interview with NBC News.
Many Democratic lawmakers – and a handful of Republicans – have suggested that the firing could constitute obstruction of justice.