According to several news outlets, House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz on Monday said he will postpone a hearing scheduled for Wednesday after speaking with former FBI Director James Comey, who had been invited to testify.
Chaffetz said that Comey wants to speak with Robert Mueller, the former FBI director now serving as a special counsel overseeing the agency’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign, before testifying publicly.
“Spoke with Comey. He wants to speak with Special Counsel prior to public testimony. Hearing Wed postponed. @GOPoversight,” Chaffetz tweeted.
Spoke with Comey. He wants to speak with Special Counsel prior to public testimony. Hearing Wed postponed. @GOPoversight
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) May 22, 2017
Comey has agreed to a separate request to testify publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee, a session that’s expected to be scheduled for after Memorial Day.
The hearing will give Comey a chance to weigh in on the circumstances of his firing earlier this month.
Senators are also certain to ask him about memos he reportedly wrote documenting his interactions with President Donald Trump, including one instance in which Trump allegedly asked him to shut down the FBI’s investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
The news comes the same day that Flynn announced he would be exercising his Fifth Amendment rights and refusing to comply with a Senate subpoena, setting up a potential showdown between Congress and the White House.