Payback Time: James Comey Willing To Testify But Only In Public


Former FBI Director James Comey declined an invitation to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a session closed off from the public on Tuesday, but he is willing to speak to Congress and he wants his the testimony to be public, according to the New York Times.

This news follows Comey’s sudden dismissal as head of the FBI earlier this week.  Alleged president Donald Trump’s then unleashed a threatening tweet directed toward the former FBI Director the following day after a backlash ensued over the bizarre timing of Comey’s termination from the bureau. Comey was the man leading an investigation into the Trump administration’s alleged ties to Russia and the hostile foreign government’s interference in the 2016 election.

After repeatedly praising Comey, Trump said Wednesday when asked why he fired the former FBI Director that, “He was not doing a good job. Very simply, he was not doing a good job.”

Trump baselessly accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping his phones, but Comey publicly refuted the claims before Congress two weeks later. He told the House Intelligence Committee on March 20, “With respect to the president’s tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets. And we have looked carefully inside the FBI.”

Also on March 20th, Comey confirmed before Congress that the bureau was investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. Comey continued to say that that “includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.’

“As with any counterintelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed,” he added at the time.

And then Trump abruptly fired him. There’s a long line of people that can be investigated who are associated with Trump and have strong ties to Russia. Google: Felix Sater, for starters. We’re sure Comey knows all about that hot mess. Trump launched a war on the Intelligence community and it’s payback time. Comey isn’t going to give up classified information but we’re sure he has a story to tell and he wants to tell it publicly for a reason.

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