Comey to Testify Trump Strong-Armed Him on Flynn Probe

CNN reports a source close to the former FBI Director shared that Comey's testimony will more than likely confirm claims that Trump pressured him to end the investigation into the former former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

President Trump will meet Tuesday afternoon with two additional candidates who could potentially replace former FBI Director James Comey. According to Lichtblau, Comey and Bob Mueller have been discussing the parameters that would govern what he can and cannot say during his testimony, in order to not interfere with any ongoing criminal investigations with the public testimony.

Even assuming that Trump was improperly motivated in firing Comey, motive alone should never constitute a crime.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at his first press briefing since the president's overseas trip that the candidate meetings will continue until Trump finds the "right leader". "I was going to fire Comey knowing there was no good time to do it", Trump told NBC News.

Comey will testify in open session beginning at 10 a.m. ET, followed by a closed session around 1 p.m., the committee announced.

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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. Already, those memos plus a vaguely threatening tweet from Trump aimed at Comey has brought out calls of obstruction of justice.

U.S. President Donald Trump was scheduled to interview two candidates on Tuesday to replace James Comey as head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, former agency No. 2 James Pistole and former Assistant Attorney General Chris Wray, the White House said.

At a Wednesday briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer said inquiries about the Russian Federation investigation must be directed to Marc Kasowitz, another of Trump's personal attorneys. Comey's testimony is not news and the few new bits of information here aren't exactly revelatory. While the White House downplayed stories about the Russian Federation investigation, officials did their best to tout the President's recent trip to the Europe and the Middle East. Spicer used the first eleven minutes of the daily White House briefing to tout Mr. Trump's overseas trip, labeling it "extraordinarily successful".

The source added that Comey is unlikely to be willing to discussed details of the FBI's investigation into the possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Early Wednesday morning, the president tweeted "Witch Hunt!" in reference to testimony by Comey and former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan before Congress on the topic.

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