Comey back be­fore Congress

Gulf Times - - AMERICAS -

For­mer Fed­eral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (FBI) di­rec­tor James Comey, sacked by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in 2017, be­gan tes­ti­fy­ing yes­ter­day be­fore US law­mak­ers for the first time in over a year, but this time out of the cam­era glare.

The closed-door Capi­tol Hill ap­pear­ance comes amid tur­bu­lence at the White House, and mount­ing in­trigue over Spe­cial Coun­sel Robert Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 elec­tion and pos­si­ble con­tacts be­tween Trump’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign and Moscow.

Comey smiled as he walked past re­porters, telling them “maybe later” he would an­swer ques­tions.

Trump’s bete noire had pleaded for a pub­lic hear­ing af­ter he was sub­poe­naed by mem­bers of the out­go­ing Congress in Novem­ber, but House Repub­li­cans in­clud­ing some of Trump’s al­lies in­sisted on a pri­vate ses­sion be­fore the ju­di­ciary and over­sight com­mit­tees.

In May 2017 Trump abruptly sacked Comey, who was the se­nior of­fi­cial lead­ing a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into pos­si­ble col­lu­sion with Moscow to in­flu­ence the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

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