Senate Intel committee invites Comey to testify next week

Senate Intel committee invites Comey to testify next week
© Greg Nash

Recently ousted FBI director James Comey has been invited to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee next Tuesday, Sen. Mark Warner‘s (D-Virg.) office confirmed Wednesday. Warner is the committee’s top Democrat.

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 President Trump on Tuesday night, sparking fierce criticism from Democrats and a few Republicans.

“He was not doing a good job,” Trump said 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 Wednesday hearing in front of the same Senate committee.