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Comey agrees to publicly testify before Senate

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Fired FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in an open session that will be scheduled after Memorial Day.

Chairman Richard Burr:

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.

Vice Chairman Mark Warner:

I hope that former Director Comey's testimony will help answer some of the questions that have arisen since Director Comey was so suddenly dismissed by the President. I also expect that Director Comey will be able to shed light on issues critical to this Committee's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. 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.