James Comey to testify before Senate in public hearing

  • 20/05/2017

Former FBI director James Comey, who was fired by President Donald Trump last week amid an agency probe into alleged Russian meddling in the US election, has agreed to testify before the US Senate Intelligence Committee at a public hearing, the committee said in a statement on Friday.

The hearing will be scheduled after the May 29 Memorial Day holiday, the statement said.

The development comes after claims emerged that Mr Trump told Russian officials at the White House that firing Mr Comey relieved "great pressure" the President was facing from an ongoing probe into Russia and the US presidential election.

"I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job," MrTrump said, according to the New York Times, which cited a document read to it by a US official.

"I faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off."

The Times said the document was based on notes taken from inside the Oval Office.