Former FBI Director James Comey to testify in Senate June 8

Elias Hubbard
June 2, 2017

James Comey, fired last month as FBI director amid a federal investigation into connections between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, is set to testify next Thursday at a highly anticipated congressional hearing that could shed light on his private conversations with the president in the weeks before the dismissal.

Hirono's question was very specific - referring to "the attorney general or senior officials at the Department of Justice" - and not the president.

Besides Kushner, other Trump aides and advisers are also in the spotlight. After the public session Thursday morning, Comey will privately testify in the afternoon. The associate did say that Robert Mueller, appointed by the Justice Department earlier this month to lead the government's inquiry, is allowing Comey to make certain statements.

In an interview with NBC, Trump said the Russian Federation investigation, which he considers unfair, was on his mind when he chose to fire Comey.

Subpoenas were approved Wednesday for Flynn and his company, Flynn Intel Group, and Cohen and his firm, Michael D. Cohen & Associates.

The Guardian reported on Thursday, citing unidentified sources, that former UKIP leader Nigel Farage is a "person of interest" in the Russian Federation probe.

Flynn, a retired general, was abruptly fired from his position as national security adviser in February after it was revealed that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his meetings with Kislyak.

Former FBI director James B. Comey appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington on May 3.

Congress is now out of session. Trump has denied the claim, calling any suggestion of wrongdoing "totally ridiculous".

Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Al Franken, D-Minn., released a letter urging the FBI to investigate whether Sessions had falsely testified under oath when he said at his January confirmation hearing that he hadn't had any contacts with Russian Federation. The suggestion was strongly dismissed by Comey's number two, and now acting director, Andrew McCabe, who said he and a vast majority of the Federal Bureau of Investigation strongly respects Comey.

Last week, The Washington Post reported that Kushner made a pre-inauguration proposal to the Russian envoy to set up a secret, bug-proof link with the Kremlin to discuss bilateral relations and other issues like the Syria conflict.

The Maryland and NY compounds were seized under the Obama administration in December as part of a larger action targeting Russian diplomats whom it said were spies.

Two former State Department officials likewise denounced the move.

The staffer said the Democrats were informed that the unmasking subpoenas were being issued. There is no progressive or democratic content to the fight, illustrated by Republican Senator John McCain's recent appearance in Australia, where he implicitly called for Australian support against Trump in this internecine struggle.

On Thursday, President Vladimir Putin said the Russian state has never been involved in hacking, and claimed individual "patriotic" hackers may have carried out attacks during the U.S. election past year.

The White House has denied those characterizations.

"The big story is the "unmasking and surveillance" of people that took place during the Obama Administration", Trump said in a tweet.

The former NSA director had a remarkably short tenure.

Journalist Megyn Kelly will interview Putin in St. Petersburg today as part of the debut of her new show, "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" on NBC.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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