Donald Trump decided to abruptly fire former FBI Director James Comey last week, as a result the Senate Intelligence Committee has decided to invite Comey to publicly testify.
According to the panel’s chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and ranking member Mark Warner (D-Va.), the letter sent to Comey is both an invitation asking him to testify during a public hearing as well as meet with members in a closed-door briefing.
Warner told reporters that he had not received a response from Comey, but remained optimistic that he would testify.
“I hope he’ll accept our invitation. I believe he will,” he said.
This is the second attempt by the committee to get Comey to testify after he declined last week to meet with the committee behind closed doors, explaining that if he was to testify it would be public.
Trump’s firing of Comey drew critics to believe he was trying to interfere with the Russia probe.
The New York Times even reported on Tuesday that Trump used the meeting with Comey to urge him to drop the investigation on former national security advisor Michael Flynn.