Comey to Confirm Trump Interfered with FBI Flynn Probe in Public Testimony
In what could mark the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency, former FBI director James Comey is set to confirm that U.S. President Donald Trump told him to stop his investigation into former Security Adviser, Michael Flynn’s relationship with Russia.
Comey is set to answer questions from members of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee as early as next week to confirm the bombshell allegation.
He is also expected to answer questions about President Trump’s attempt to interfere in the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump has maintained that he never asked the fired FBI director to end the investigations but virtually no one believes him at this point.
Sources close to both the fired FBI director and the Senate Intelligence Committee confirmed earlier today that while a firm date has not been set, the public hearing is expected to happen sometime next week.
According to sources, Comey spoke with Special Counsel Robert Mueller III to ensure that his public testimony will not interfere with Mueller’s investigations and to work out any legal issues that may arise as a result of this public testimony.
There had been fears that Mueller’s investigation and the subsequent testimony by Comey could result in conflict and affect the final determination but experts believe that Comey’s conversation with Mueller has made that a non-issue.
Although Comey is not expected to give detailed testimony regarding the FBI investigation in this open forum, experts believe his testimony is crucial in helping the senate investigators get to the bottom of Russia’s role.
Since Trump fired him last month, numerous media reports have indicated that the president had asked for Comey’s loyalty as a condition to keeping him on as FBI director.
Comey was said to have rejected that request and insiders believe that may have contributed to his firing.
The Justice Department is withholding comment on the impending public testimony, instead referring all media inquiries to Comey and Special Counsel Mueller.
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