Multiple news outlets reported Friday that ousted FBI Director James Comey will testify publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee sometime after Memorial Day.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and ranking Democrat Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) were cited by Fox News as the source of the announcement.
Also Friday, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) issued a joint statement with the ranking Democrat on that committee Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), expressing their “extreme disappointment” at Comey’s apparent refusal to testify before their committee. The statement read in part:
There is no reason he can’t testify before both the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, particularly given that the Judiciary Committee is the FBI’s primary oversight committee with broad jurisdiction over federal law enforcement, FISA and the nomination of the next FBI director.
This upcoming testimony, which would be made under oath, will mark Comey’s first public statements since his firing on May 9. Since that dismissal, a memo, allegedly written by Comey and leaked by him or those close to him, has been a prominent feature of the news cycle after being reported by The New York Times on Tuesday. The Times claims a portion read to them quotes President Donald Trump as expressing his wish for Comey to “let this go” with regard to ex-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.