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Fired FBI director James Comey set to testify June 8 on Russia

Rickey Rodriguez | 02 June, 2017, 01:03

Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeLee: Comey testifying that he was pressured would be surprising Congress should just say no to more green energy handouts GOP pushes new minimum sentencing laws MORE (R-Utah) said early Thursday that he would be surprised to hear former FBI Director James Comey testify that President Trump pressed him to end a federal investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

The committee said on Thursday Mr Comey will testify in an open session, followed by a close session.

President Trump fired Comey in early May and initially said he based the decision on the recommendations from both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

A combination photo shows former U.S. FBI Director James Comey testifies over investigation into Hillary Clinton's email system, on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on July 7, 2016, and U.S. President Donald Trump nominates Judge Neil Gorsuch as the new justice for the Supreme Court in Washington D.C., the United States, on January 31, 2017.

Sessions, a close Trump adviser, withdrew from the Russian Federation investigation in March after acknowledging two previously undisclosed contacts with Kislyak last summer and fall.

"The big story is the "unmasking and surveillance" of people that took place during the Obama Administration", Trump said in a tweet, one day after the committee's Republican chairman subpoenaed the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency amid complaints by Democrats that they were not consulted.

He said Nunes recused himself from the investigation but still insists on having a final say in what subpoenas are issued in the Russian Federation investigation.

Associates have said Comey wrote memos describing certain interactions with Trump that gave him pause in the months after the election, including details of a dinner in which he claimed the president asked him to pledge his loyalty, and a request to shut down the investigation of Flynn.

Trump has repeatedly dismissed allegations that his campaign collaborated with Russian Federation ahead of the presidential election. Any such requests undergo rigorous legal reviews, and USA officials have said all such requests under Obama, a Democrat, were conducted properly. He said the unmasking subpoenas are not part of the Russian Federation probe.

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