Senate Intel panel asks Comey to testify publicly

Senate Intel panel asks Comey to testify publicly

The Senate Intelligence Committee has sent a request to former FBI Director James Comey to testify publicly in the wake of his firing by President Trump.

Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrOvernight Energy: Chemical safety regulator's nomination at risk | Watchdog scolds Zinke on travel records | Keystone pipeline spills 210,000 gallons of oil Overnight Regulation: Senators unveil bipartisan gun background check bill | FCC rolls back media regs | Family leave credit added to tax bill | Senate confirms banking watchdog Collins ‘leaning against’ Trump EPA chemical nominee MORE (R-N.C.) and ranking member Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerTech beefs up lobbying amid Russia scrutiny Overnight Tech: Senate Dems want FCC chief recused from Sinclair merger | Tech rallies on Capitol Hill for DACA | Facebook beefs up lobbying ranks Facebook adds two lobbyists amid Russia probe MORE (D-Va.) on Wednesday said they sent a letter to Comey asking him to testify during a public hearing as well as meet with members in a closed-door briefing. 

Warner said they hadn't received a response to the letter, but signaled he was optimistic Comey would testify.

"I hope he'll accept our invitation. I believe he will," he told reporters. 

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It was the committee’s second invitation after Comey last week declined to meet the committee behind closed doors, saying he wanted any testimony to be public.

The Senate panel also sent a letter to Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe requesting "any notes or memorandum" prepared by Comey tied to talks he had with White House or Justice Department officials about the FBI's investigation.

Trump last week fired Comey, citing the FBI’s investigation into Russian election interference and links between Trump’s team and the Kremlin.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Trump urged Comey to kill a probe into former national security advisor Michael Flynn, citing a memo written by Comey about the meeting. The White House has denied the report.