James Comey is willing to speak to Congress following his sudden dismissal as head of the FBI earlier this week, but he wants the testimony to be public, according to a new report.
Comey declined an invitation to speak to the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed door session next week.
However, The New York Times reports that Comey is willing to speak if it’s a public hearing.
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 in a surprise move that sparked criticism and confusion throughout Washington.
“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 testifies, Comey is likely to face questions from the committee about both the Russia probe and the timing of his unexpected removal from the office.