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Former FBI Director James Comey to testify publicly today
08:43, 8 June 2017
Former FBI Director James Comey to testify publicly today

Michael Flynn is also preparing to offer some documents in his negotiations with the Senate panel

08:43, 8 June 2017

The Washington Post

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee today, on June 8, at 10 a.m. The public 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.

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.

Related: Trump says he never asked FBI to stop looking into Flynn’s case

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.

Related: Trump asks FBI to stop investigating Michael Flynn, - NYT

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.

Related: Trump explained his decision to fire FBI director Comey

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