- Title: Ex-FBI chief Comey to testify next week in Russia probe
- Date: 1st June 2017
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (MARCH 20, 2017) (UNRESTRICTED POOL) (SOUNDBITE) (English) FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY SAYING: "With respect to the president's tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets and we have looked carefully inside the FBI. The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for the Department of Justice and all its components. The department has no information that supports those tweets." SIDE VIEW OF COMEY AND ADMIRAL MIKE ROGERS, DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY AT HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HEARING (SOUNDBITE) (English) CONGRESSMAN ADAM SCHIFF, THE TOP DEMOCRAT ON THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE SAYING: "Director Comey, Can you answer the president's question would it be legal for President Obama to have ordered a wiretap of Donald Trump?" (SOUNDBITE) (English) FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY SAYING: "So, no individual in the United States can direct electronic surveillance of anyone. It has to go through an application process, ask a judge, the judge can then make the order." (OFF CAMERA) CONGRESSMAN ADAM SCHIFF: "So President Obama could not unilaterally order a wiretap of anyone?" COMEY: "No president could." SIDE VIEW OF COMEY AND ROGERS (SOUNDBITE) (English) FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY SAYING: "I don't know for sure but I think that was a fairly easy judgment for the community. He, Putin, hated Secretary Clinton so much that the flip side of that coin was he had a clear preference for the person running against the person he hated so much." HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE
- Embargoed: 15th June 2017 20:07
- Keywords: Hillary Clinton FBI Donald Trump election James Comey Vladimir Putin Russia Federal Bureau of Investigation email
- Location: DENVER, COLORADO/LAS VEGAS, NEVADA/ DAYTONA, FLORIDA/MCLEAN, VIRGINIA/WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES; VALLETTA, MALTA
- City: DENVER, COLORADO/LAS VEGAS, NEVADA/ DAYTONA, FLORIDA/MCLEAN, VIRGINIA/WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES; VALLETTA, MALTA
- Country: USA
- Topics: Government/Politics
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- Story Text: Former FBI Director James Comey will testify next Thursday (June 8) before a U.S. Senate panel investigating Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, in a hearing that could be difficult for President Donald Trump.
In his first public appearance since Trump fired him on May 9, Comey will address the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8. He will speak at both an open session and behind closed doors, which would allow him to discuss classified information, the committee said.
Allegations that Russia may have helped Trump win the 2016 presidential election and questions about possible collusion by members of his campaign are being investigated by several U.S. congressional committees as well as by the Justice Department.
Comey is expected to be asked about conversations in which Trump reportedly pressured him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, one of several Trump associates who are drawing scrutiny about Russia and last year's U.S. election.
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