Warner: Senate Intel Committee would 'love' Comey to testify in open hearing

Warner: Senate Intel Committee would 'love' Comey to testify in open hearing
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Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerGOP tries to take filibuster pressure off Manchin, Sinema Manchin signals he won't support filibuster carveout for debt hike Democrats insist they won't back down on debt ceiling MORE (D-Va.), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Sunday said the committee would “love” to have former FBI Director James Comey testify in an open hearing.

“I think Jim Comey deserves his chance to lay out to the American public his side of the facts," Warner told ABC’s “This Week."

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“We would love to have Director Comey appear in an open hearing,” Warner said when asked if the committee has invited Comey to testify publicly since his firing last week.

While Comey declined to testify in a closed door hearing, the former FBI head is reportedly willing to testify in an open hearing. 

The Senate Intelligence Committee has oversight on the probe into Russia’s meddling in the United States election, which was led by Comey at the FBI. The investigation also includes looking into any potential ties between Trump campaign staff members and Russia.

Comey was fired last week by Trump in a signed letter calling for “a new beginning” at the FBI.

The Trump administration has provided various reasons for Comey’s dismissal, including recommendations from the Justice Department and Trump’s own statement that Comey “was not doing a good job.”

“How he was treated was pretty awful by this president," Warner said of Comey on Sunday.