‘Troubled’ By Timing Of FBI Director’s Firing, Bipartisan Heads Of Intel Ask Comey To Testify As Civilian | THE POLITICUS

‘Troubled’ By Timing Of FBI Director’s Firing, Bipartisan Heads Of Intel Ask Comey To Testify As Civilian

Wednesday morning, following the abrupt dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, the Republican Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee has asked Comey to come testify before the Senate outside his role with the FBI. No word yet on whether it will be an open- or closed-door session, but if it is closed to the public, Comey could potentially discuss any and all confidential matters that would otherwise be prohibited.

On MSNBC, Chairman Richard Burr’s Democratic counterpart on the committee, Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, said they had invited Comey just this morning and had not yet heard back from him:

My hope is that he’ll take advantage of this opportunity.”

Warner, who supports the idea of a special prosecutor being appointed in the investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, had nothing good to say about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who authored the memo that led to Comey’s firing:

For his part, Senator Burr said in a press release yesterday that he was “troubled by the timing” of Director Comey’s discharge, calling it a “loss for…the nation”:

When Comey was fired, the reason given was his handling of Hillary Clinton’s private email server — which is ludicrous. Either it isn’t the real reason Trump let Comey go, or just like Trump failed to fire until well after he learned of Flynn’s illegal behavior, he once again sat on his hands after someone committed a fire-able offense. Imagine if a cop caught you speeding, but waited more than a year to give you a ticket. It doesn’t happen.

There’s no reason to believe that Jim Comey won’t come testify in a personal capacity before the Senate Intelligence Committee, especially after being the third person investigating Trump to be fired by the administration. Preet Bharara and Sally Yates fell first in Trump’s quest to silence his opposition, but Comey may not go quietly.

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