The Associated Press and CNN are reporting that former FBI director James Comey has agreed to testify in an open session of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The committee’s chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, and the ranking Democrat, Sen. Mark Warner, announced Friday that Comey will testify in an open setting before the committee.
The date of the hearing has not yet been set, but it is projected to take place sometime after Memorial Day on May 29.
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Burr says the committee wants to hear from Comey on his role in the development of the U.S. intelligence agencies’ assessment that Russia interfered in last year’s election.
He says he hopes Comey’s testimony will answer some of the questions that have arisen since Comey was suddenly dismissed last week by President Donald Trump.
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.
That came on top of news that Trump allegedly shared classified information when meeting with Russian diplomats, and early Friday morning reports also emerged that in that same conversation, Trump called Comey a “nut job” whose firing relieved pressure on the president.
On Thursday another former FBI director Robert Mueller was appointed special prosecutor in the investigation.
Trump has been on record as calling the investigation a “witch hunt.”