Senate Intel committee invites Comey to testify next week

Recently ousted FBI director James Comey has been invited to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee next Tuesday, ranking member Sen. Mark WarnerMark WarnerOur national parks need updates; Congress can help Overnight Cybersecurity: New questions about 'ransomware' attack | Tensions between NSA chief, Trump over Russia | Senate panel asks states to publicize election hacks Senate panel to get Comey memos: report MORE's (D-Va.) office confirmed Wednesday.

It will be a closed session, meaning the public is not invited, according to a spokesperson for Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.). 

ADVERTISEMENT
Comey was the face of the FBI throughout the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election and alleged coordination with President Trump's campaign. He was fired by Trump on Tuesday, sparking fierce criticism from Democrats and a few Republicans.
 
“He was not doing a good job,” Trump said Wednesday when asked why he fired Comey. “Very simply, he was not doing a good job.”

If he appears next week, Comey is likely to face questions from the committee about both the Russia probe and the timing of his unexpected removal from the office.

Comey's successor, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, was added to the witness list for a Thursday hearing in front of the same Senate committee.
 
Updated: 2:18 p.m.