James Comey Has Declined to Testify to Senate Intel Committee Next Week
Former FBI Director James Comey has declined an invitation from the Senate Intelligence Committee to testify next Tuesday.
Senator Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the committee, revealed this on MSNBC earlier this afternoon.
Committee aides have told Politico the same, and CNN’s reporting offers an apparent explanation:
Source w/firsthand knowledge tells me Comey turned down Senate invite to testify b/c "wants to lay low for a while & take some time off"
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) May 12, 2017
And per ABC News, there’s some rescheduling in the works:
NEW: Comey will not testify in closed session in front of Senate Intel Committee next week; officials trying to reschedule – @AliABCNews
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) May 12, 2017
Before his firing, he was scheduled to testify before the committee on Thursday. Acting director Andrew McCabe testified in his place and affirmed that despite what the White House said, there is still “broad support” for Comey within the FBI.
President Trump said yesterday that Comey was a grandstander and a “showboat” he decided to fire before meeting with the deputy Attorney General.
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