Report: Comey Wants To Speak To Congress, But Only In Public Session

Report Comey Wants To Speak To Congress But Only In Public Session

When James Comey tells his story, he wants the world to hear it.

The former FBI director rejected a request from the Senate Intelligence Committee to appear before them next week in a closed session, according to the panel’s vice chairman, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said.

“We just heard from the director that he’s not able to make Tuesday,” Warner said. “It’s my hope that that we will be able to find a time. I think it’s really important that the Congress, and more broadly the American people, hear Director Comey’s side of the story.”

He might get his wish.

The New York Times reported that Comey told associates he would only testify in a public session. Comey has made no public statements since he was fired Tuesday by President Donald Trump.

Trump was asked Friday about a tweet he sent that roiled the political waters further.

“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump tweeted in a comment that gave rise to intense media speculation that Trump had taped Comey at a White House dinner in January.

The media has reported that the White House and Comey have widely different views of what was said at that meeting.

Trump has ruled the subject off limits since his tweet.

“That I can’t talk about. I won’t talk about it,” he said, when asked Friday about taping Comey. “All I want is for Comey to be honest.”

As Congress waits to hear when and how it will hear from Comey, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote a memo that at one point was referenced as a reason Comey was fired, will appear before the Senate next week.

“Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein’s office has confirmed to Sen. Schumer’s office that Mr. Rosenstein will come to brief the full Senate next week. The time and date are still being worked out,” said Matt House, a Schumer spokesman.

Schumer said Thursday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., invited Rosenstein to appear in the wake of Schumer’s request.

Comey’s firing may also be fodder for even more hearings.

In the wake of contradictory White House statements about why Comey was fired, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., requested that the Senate Judiciary Committee hold hearings on the subject.

“President Trump and the White House have presented an ever-changing narrative on the rationale for the firing of FBI Director Comey. This triggers a need for the Judiciary Committee to hold hearings and get to the bottom of this,” Feinstein said in a statement.

Americans “need to know whether the FBI director was fired to disrupt an investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election,” she said.

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