Comey to testify before Senate intelligence committee

Posted at 3:58 PM, May 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-19 19:33:16-04

WASHINGTON (KGTV) -- Former FBI Director James Comey to testify in open session before Senate intelligence committee.

Panel Chairman Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) posted on Facebook Comey agreed to testify in an open session after Memorial Day.

"The Committee looks forward to receiving testimony from the former Director on his role in the development of the Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, and I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media," Sen. Burr wrote.

Comey was fired on May 9, after President Donald Trump said the former director "lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington."

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"The FBI is one of our nation's most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement," Trump said in a statement.

In a letter notifying Comey of his removal, President Trump said "it is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission."

Wednesday, former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel overseeing the investigation into allegations Russia and the President's 2016 campaign collaborated to influence the presidential election.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.