James Comey to testify in Senate hearing on Russian Federation

Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeLee: Comey testifying that he was pressured would be surprising Congress should just say no to more green energy handouts GOP pushes new minimum sentencing laws MORE (R-Utah) said early Thursday that he would be surprised to hear former FBI Director James Comey testify that President Trump pressed him to end a federal investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

On Wednesday, the House Intelligence Committee issued subpoenas for Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen and his former national security adviser Michael Flynn - who was also allegedly part of the discussions between Kushner and Kislyak.

The committee said on Thursday Mr Comey will testify in an open session, followed by a close session.

The Trump administration fired Comey in May, citing his handling of the Clinton email investigation during the 2016 US elections.

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Nunes recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation after he was criticized for being too close to the White House.

The subpoenas asked the agencies to provide details of any requests made by two top Obama administration aides and the former CIA director to "unmask" names of Trump campaign advisers inadvertently picked up in top-secret foreign communications intercepts, congressional sources said.

The special counsel overseeing the government's investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation authorized Comey to testify before the committee, a Comey associated told AP on Wednesday.

On Thursday, President Vladimir Putin said the Russian state has never been involved in hacking, and claimed individual "patriotic" hackers may have carried out attacks during the U.S. election a year ago.

USA intelligence agencies have accused Russian Federation of hacking into Democratic Party emails, helping President Donald Trump's election victory.

The Senate panel hearing is expected to quiz Comey on memorandums he allegedly wrote on three conversations he had with Trump in January and February.


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