Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The open hearing will be held after Memorial Day, North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr and Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said in a joint statement Friday.
“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,” said Burr, who chairs the committee.
President Trump fired Comey last Tuesday.
Both the FBI and Senate Intelligence Committee are investigating Russia’s meddling in the presidential campaign, including whether anyone from the Trump team colluded with Kremlin officials. On Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Comey’s predecessor, Robert Mueller, to serve as special counsel overseeing the Russia probe.
There has been some speculation that Mueller’s appointment would mean that Comey would not testify before Congress.
Warner, the vice chairman of the panel, said that he hopes Comey’s testimony “will help answer some of the questions that have arisen since Director Comey was so suddenly dismissed by the President.”
“Director Comey served his country with honor for many years, and he deserves an opportunity to tell his story. Moreover, the American people deserve an opportunity to hear it.”
Since his firing, Comey’s friends have been sharing details of his interactions with Trump with the press. Comey’s associates have said that Trump asked the former FBI chief for a pledge of loyalty during one meeting. Comey also reportedly filed a memo after a Feb. 14 White House meeting in which he claimed that Trump asked him to end the FBI’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.