Former FBI Director James Comey will not appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee next week, despite an invitation to speak behind closed doors about getting fired by President Trump, Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.) told MSNBC on Friday afternoon.
The invitation had been extended for Tuesday, a week after Trump’s shocking announcement that he was firing the director.
Comey was fired as the investigation into Trump and his associates’ likely collusion with Russia was gaining speed. In Comey’s termination letter, Donald Trump thanked him for confirming three times that “he was not under investigation” — though Comey’s colleagues say no such thing happened.
According to several news outlets, Comey had begun receiving daily reports on the investigation in the time before he was fired. So why was he unwilling to testify? Was he spooked by Trump’s threatening tweet about “taped” conversations? Not a chance. Comey responded to the president’s threat by saying he is “not worried” about taped talks.
The reason Comey declined the invitation to testify behind closed doors is because he wants the hearing to go down in public, according to the New York Times.
On of Comey’s associates strategically leaked to the New York Times that Comey would be willing to speak only in front of the entire nation.
“Mr. Comey is willing to testify, but wants it to be in public. He believes the entire nation needs to know the truth, not only a selected few in Congress,” the FBI source told the Times.
What does Comey know? Trump, who demanded a loyalty pledge multiple times that the ousted director turned down, recently threatened to release “tapes” of their conversations if Comey leaked information to the press.
The erratic president did not say what was on these alleged tapes, but Trump’s Nixonian outburst reveals that he’s incredibly nervous about whatever it is that Comey knows.
As for Comey? He hopes there are tapes, according to his associates.