Comey OK'd to testify; House committee issues subpoenas

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Senate intelligence committee June 8 about the investigation into possible coordination between the campaign of President Donald Trump and Russian officials.

Public testimony by the former FBI director could mark another major development in the controversy engulfing the Trump administration about past contacts with Russian officials - and whether the president or White House officials took steps to try to squelch the investigation. The associate did say that Robert Mueller, whom the Justice Department appointed earlier this month to lead the government's inquiry, is allowing Comey to make certain statements.

When he testifies, Comey is unlikely to be willing to discuss in any detail the FBI's investigation into the charges of possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign - the centerpiece of the probe, this source said.

A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment.

This will be the first time that Comey has spoken publicly since he was sacked by President Trump in early May. No date for Comey's testimony has been set.

A spokeswoman for the committee's chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, the North Carolina Republican who chairs the committee, says the committee would welcome Comey's testimony.

Subpoenas were approved Wednesday for Flynn and his company, Flynn Intel Group, and Cohen, and his firm, Michael D. Cohen & Associates.

Committee aides complained he had acted unilaterally, and the top Democrat on the panel, Representative Adam Schiff, said Mr Nunes' actions amounted to a breach of his recusal decision. The sources said Weissmann will be on detail to Mueller's special counsel team from his current position as chief of DOJ's criminal division fraud section. But he appears eager to discuss his tense interactions with Trump before his firing, which have now spurred allegations that the president may have tried to obstruct the investigation.

The longtime Justice official previously served as Federal Bureau of Investigation general counsel under Mueller. The news of the timing of Comey's testimony was first reported by CNN.

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