When Will James Comey Testify On Trump? The Russia Scandal Paralyzes Washington
It's been a wild and chaotic week in national politics, as the firing of FBI director James Comey on May 9 seems to have set off a cascading series of scandals and crises within the Trump administration. Now, amid reports that Comey wrote a memo on Feb. 14 documenting a request from President Trump to stop the Mike Flynn investigation, the former FBI director has been invited back to Capitol Hill. As such, you might be wondering: when will Comey testify about Trump's interference in the FBI investigation?
There's no iron-clad certainty just yet, because while Comey has reportedly been invited to testify before the House intelligence committee, he hasn't actually responded yet. If he were to accept the invitation, then he'd likely be back on your TV screens next week ― on Wednesday, May 24, according to the Associated Press.
That's not the only opportunity he'll have, either. The Senate intelligence committee has also reportedly invited Comey to testify on the events of the past couple of weeks, both in open and closed hearings, but there's similarly no response from Comey just yet. A source close to Comey previously told The New York Times that he wanted to testify publicly, possibly a means to prevent whatever he says from being selectively leaked or misconstrued.
Basically, if you're looking to preemptively clear some time in case Comey testifies ― sure to be a must-watch amid all this controversy ― the date you should be eyeing is May 24. According to House Oversight Committee chariman Jason Chaffetz, the hearing will start at 9:30 a.m. ET.
It would be the third time Comey's testified before a congressional committee this year, although his first time as a private citizen. Comey's refusal to preview his round of May 3 testimony to the administration reportedly enraged the president, and he found himself jobless just one week later. Both House and Senate committees have also asked the FBI to release, if it exists, the widely-reported Comey memo detailing his Feb. 14 conversation with Trump.
In short, the scandal and turmoil surrounding Trump seems to be thickening, and sucking up every ounce of attention that might otherwise be put towards enacting his legislative agenda, whether health care or tax reform. And if another round of public testimony from Comey unfolds as explosively as recent events suggest it could, it's definitely something you won't want to miss. If and when he testifies, it's a sure bet you'll be able to watch it on C-SPAN if you have cable, and it'll be covered vigorously both on mainstream and social media.