Former FBI Director, James Comey is bitter that he has been fired. He is now expected to take a shot at President Donald Trump by telling the Senate Committee that the president personally told him to back off from investigating into Mike Flynn. Comey is supposed to testify as early as next week.
In February, Comey wrote a memo which stated President Trump asked him to stop looking into the national security adviser. This memo was confirmed to exist. Comey is set to testify against President Trump as early as next week.
Robert Mueller II has been appointed by the Department of Justice earlier this month to lead the governments inquiry. Mueller may also start a probe regarding the circumstances of Comey’s firing.
Comey is also expected to testify at the House Panel’s hearing regarding the investigation of the Trump campaign and their alleged ties with the Russian Government.
President Donald Trump is relying less on the White House regarding all of these inquiries. He is breaking out the big guns and using outside counsel, his personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz, for the probe.
Any inquiries regarding the Russia investigation must go directly to the outside counsel. Press Secretary Sean Spice will not be handling any more such questions.
The memo reportedly said that Trump said to Comey that, “I hope you can let this go.” The president was reportedly referring Comey’s FBI’s investigation into Flynn. Flynn was forced to resign Feb. 13, the day before the conversation between Trump and Comey depicted in the memo. A Comey associate, who wasn’t authorized to discuss details of the testimony, told The Associated Press that Robert Mueller III, who was appointed earlier this month by the Department of Justice to lead the government’s inquiry, is allowing Comey to make certain statements. A spokesman for Mueller, a former FBI director, declined to comment. Mueller’s separate probe could conceivably look at the circumstances surrounding Comey’s firing. Congress is currently out of session. It resumes next Tuesday. No date for testimony in front of the intelligence committee has been set. The House panel pursuing its own investigation of the Trump campaign and possible Russia ties has also sought information from Comey, asking the FBI to turn over documents related to his interactions with both the White House and the Justice Department. Trump has repeatedly dismissed allegations that his campaign collaborated with Russia ahead of the presidential election. Early Wednesday morning, the president tweeted “Witch Hunt!” in reference to testimony by Comey and former CIA director John Brennan before Congress on the topic.