GOP rep: Comey may testify as soon as next week

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) says that former FBI Director James Comey could break his silence as soon as next week following his firing by President Trump.

Experts had speculated that Comey might be unlikely to accept the slew of invitations he's received from congressional committees in the wake of the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russian meddling into last year's presidential election. But Hurd, a member of the House Oversight panel, said he thinks Comey will appear before the committee.

“I’m pretty confident he is,” he said Thursday on CNN. “And that hearing may be as soon as the 24th of May.”

Hurd disagreed with President Trump’s comment on Thursday that former FBI Director Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel “hurts our country.”

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“The special counsel is a move that’s going to make sure that the American people can be satisfied with however this ends,” the House Oversight Committee member said.

“We’ve got to make sure that this is done the right way, that we don’t react, that we show restraint, that we get to all the facts so that we can be proud of what happens in this investigation.”

Congressional committees are eager for Comey’s testimony following Trump’s unsuspected firing of him last week.

Comey’s ouster came amid the FBI’s probe of Russian intrusions in the 2016 race, including possible ties between Russia and Trump’s campaign.