Former FBI Director James Comey could testify in front of the U.S. Senate as early as next week, and he is expected to confirm that President Donald Trump pressured him to end an investigation of the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia, according to reports.
News broke earlier this month that the President fired Comey – who had reportedly requested more resources to pursue his investigation surrounding Russia’s possible meddling with the recent U.S. election just days before his firing.
There are those who have speculated that the investigation and its alleged closeness to the President is the real reason why Comey was fired, not for stated reasons, which were reportedly lack of confidence in the director.
While it was initially reported that National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn would decline the Senate Intelligence Committee’s request to testify regarding the U.S.-Russia investigation, Flynn has since said he would cooperate and provide some “personal and business documents” to the committee by June 6.
Additionally, the President’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was recently under FBI scrutiny for possible ties to the agency’s Russia investigation.
“James Comey will be replaced by someone who will do a far better job, bringing back the spirit and prestige of the FBI,” the President tweeted on May 10.
A second tweet followed: “Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike. When things calm down, they will be thanking me!”
The Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating any connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Since taking office, the President has fired former acting attorney general Sally Yates, former national security adviser Mike Flynn, former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara and former chief White House usher Angella Reid.
Andrew McCabe is the current acting FBI director.