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Comey will testify publicly before intelligence panel

20 Mai 2017

Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in an open session.

The hearing will be held after the May 29 Memorial Day holiday, the committee said in a statement.

"I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media", said Republican Sen.

President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved "great pressure" on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting.

Comey's highly anticipated testimony, which will be slated after the Memorial Day congressional recess, comes after he was sacked by Trump May 9 amid a mounting investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election and possible ties between Trump campaign associates and that country. President Donald Trump abruptly fired Comey on May 9, dramatically ousting the nation's top law enforcement official in the midst of an FBI investigation into whether Trump's campaign had ties to Russia's meddling in the election that sent him to the White House.

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Trump has been embroiled in controversy after reports that he attempted to pressure Comey to drop the investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn emerged earlier this week.

House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah announced a hearing next week for Comey to testify, but he did so before he had even made contact with Comey.

A Chaffetz spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request to comment on whether Comey had indicated if he would testify. But Trump said later that he had already chose to fire Comey. "President Trump acted based on the clear recommendation of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions", a statement from the White House read. Lindsey Graham, that the special counsel would diminish Congress' investigations, though the leaders of those probes have insisted they will continue along with Mueller's investigation.

Trump has been on record as calling the investigation a "witch hunt".