Saturday, May 20, 2017
Former FBI Chief To Testify Publicly In Senate
Since then, the former head of the FBI has remained silent. Potentially explosive, his public hearing will take place on a date not yet fixed, but not before May 30, they said in a statement published a few hours after the departure of Donald Trump for his first trip abroad. Donald Trump has always denied any collusion with Russia in its election campaign, during which Washington accused Moscow of leading piracy and misinformation in order to harm its rival Democrat Hillary Clinton.
"I hope that the testimony of former director Comey will address some of the issues raised since he was suddenly dismissed by the Republican president," said Democratic Senator Mark Warner, number two of the Intelligence Commission. "Director Comey has served his country honorably for many years and deserves to be able to tell his story. Moreover, the Americans deserve to hear it, "he continued, quoted in the statement.
"I hope that he will clarify to the Americans the recent events that have been widely reported by the media," said Commission Chairman Richard Burr, adding that his members were "eager" to hear this That James Comey has to say about the charges of Russian interference in the US presidential election of 2016, which the FBI is also investigating. James Comey, however, refused to appear voluntarily before the Senate Justice Committee, said Friday his Republican and Democratic leaders, saying they were "very disappointed" and calling on him to review his decision.
Since the ouster of James Comey, leaks in the press and theatrical drama are linked in Washington. On Tuesday, the New York Times claimed that Trump would have pressured him, before his dismissal, to classify the part of the investigation concerning Michael Flynn, his ephemeral national security adviser suspected of troubled relations with the Russians. Then a new thunderclap for the White House on Wednesday evening, when the investigation of the links and the presumed interference of Russia was entrusted to a special prosecutor, who enjoys greater independence. A decision strongly criticized by Donald Trump, shouting at the "witch hunt".
And on Friday, the Washington Post said the FBI 's investigation into the ties between Donald Trump's campaign team and Russia focuses on a senior White House official who is "close" to the US president. It was known that former Donald Trump advisors were in the investigators' eye, including Michael Flynn and his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.
The New York Times said the US president described James Comey as "crazy" one day after sacking him at a meeting with the Russian foreign affairs chief in the Oval Office. The White House on Friday assured that the investigation entrusted to the special prosecutor Robert Mueller, former director of the FBI, would prove in the end the statements of the billionaire Republican. "As the president has already said, a full investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity," said spokesman Sean Spicer.