Fired FBI director James Comey plans to testify publicly in the Senate as early as next week to confirm bombshell accusations that President Donald Trump pressured him to end his investigation into a top Trump aide's ties to Russia, a source close to the issue said Wednesday.
Final details are still being worked out and no official date for his testimony has been set. Comey is expected to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russia during last year's presidential election.
...[H]e 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. If it happens, Comey's public testimony promises to be a dramatic chapter in the months-long controversy, and it will likely bring even more intense scrutiny to an investigation that Trump has repeatedly denounced as a "witch hunt." [snip]
Since his firing last month, dramatic accounts have emerged in the New York Times, CNN, and elsewhere about the tense confrontations with Trump that Comey memorialized in memos afterward. A week after he took office in January, Trump allegedly demanded Comey's "loyalty" if he kept him on as FBI director, and he urged Comey to drop his ongoing investigation into Michael Flynn, Trump's fired national security adviser, in a separate, one-on-one meeting.
The source said that Comey is expected to stand by those accounts in his testimony.
"The bottom line is he's going to testify," the source close to the issue said. "He's happy to testify, and he's happy to cooperate."Now, once again, let us invoke the "consciousness of guilt" theory: if the shitgibbon was innocent of any wrongdoing and had nothing to hide, why would he try to stop the FBI from investigating Russian meddling? (rhetorical question)
In a related significant development, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is bringing Andrew Weissmann, head of the Department of Justice's fraud section, into the investigation of Russia- Trump ties. In other words, they're following the money.