Former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee next Thursday on June 8 in a public hearing. The hearing is expected to shed new light on his interactions with President Donald Trump regarding the bureau’s Russia probe. The appearance will be the first time Comey has spoken publicly since President Trump fired him last month, The Washington Post reports.
Comey will face intense questioning on what Trump said to him about the Russia investigation before the president fired him on May 9. During an Oval Office meeting in February, Trump asked Comey to drop the FBI probe into former campaign adviser and national security adviser Michael Flynn, said a person who was given a copy of a memo Comey wrote about the conversation. Trump has denied trying to quash the probe.
Flynn, who previously asserted a Fifth Amendment right not to turn over documents or testify, is preparing to offer some documents in his negotiations with the Senate panel.
The former FBI director’s testimony about the president who fired him is sure to be a pivotal event in Trump’s already tumultuous presidency. The committee said Thursday that Comey will appear in an open session in the morning followed later in the day by a closed meeting with the panel.
The Senate panel also plans to hear at some point from Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and one of his closest White House aides. It’s unclear whether that appearance would be in public or behind closed doors, but his testimony takes on new significance after revelations the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking at his discussions about setting up a back-channel communication with Russia after the election.