Congress will have to wait for Former FBI Director Comey’s first public statements since being canned by Trump.
After he met with Comey Monday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced via Twitter that the hearing originally schedule for Wednesday would be postponed.
Spoke with Comey. He wants to speak with Special Counsel prior to public testimony. Hearing Wed postponed. @GOPoversight
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) May 22, 2017
Before he’ll testify before Congress, Comey wants to meet with recently appointed Special Counsel and fellow Former FBI Director Mueller.
From the WaEx:
Mueller, a former FBI chief, was appointed to the job by the Justice Department last week, about a week after Trump abruptly fired Comey.
The Justice Department informed President Trump of its decision to appoint a special counselor shortly before announcing it. Trump said he looked forward to a “thorough investigation.”
Mueller served as FBI director for 12 years under former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
The probe into Russia could last a few months to a couple years. Mueller’s first course of business will be submitting a budget for his investigation within 60 days of his appointment.
According to a report from The Hill earlier today, Chaffetz scheduled the hearing for Wednesday, knowing Comey wanted to speak with Mueller Monday:
Three congressional committees—the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senate Judiciary Committee and House Oversight Committee—made offers to have the former FBI director testify publicly as soon as this week.
The House Oversight Committee asked Comey to testify at a hearing scheduled for Wednesday morning and Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that he expects to speak with Comey on Monday.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and ranking Democrat Mark Warner (Va.) announced in a joint statement late Friday that Comey will testify in a public hearing sometime after Memorial Day.
“Director Comey served his country with honor for many years, and he deserves an opportunity to tell his story. Moreover, the American people deserve an opportunity to hear it,” Warner said.
Comey is not expected to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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