Former FBI Director James Comey is set to go before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday morning, where he will offer his first public testimony since he was fired by President Donald Trump on May 9.
During the proceedings (expected to begin at promptly 10 am), Comey will be pressed on whether Trump put pressure on him to drop the investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, which could be construed as obstruction of justice. As you’ll recall, Flynn was forced to resign just 24 days into the Trump administration over supposed communications with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. In March, he filed with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for lobbying work linked to the Turkish government.
Comey is not expected to explicitly accuse Trump of obstruction, or comment on what he may or may not believe to have been the president’s intent. Inquiries are expected to touch upon whether Comey believes he was let go as a means to sidetrack the Bureau’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Ahead of the hearing, Comey released his prepared opening remarks, which you can read here.
Cable news networks will have wall-to-wall coverage of Comey’s testimony, with most, if not all, of the broadcast networks breaking into regularly scheduled programming.
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