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Former FBI Director Comey to Testify Before Senate Intel Committee

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Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before the Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day.
    
The committee's chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, and the ranking Democrat, Sen. Mark Warner, announced Friday that Comey will testify in an open setting before the committee. The date of the hearing has not yet been set.
    
Burr says the committee wants to hear from Comey on his role in the development of the U.S. intelligence agencies' assessment that Russia interfered in last year's election. He says he hopes Comey's testimony will answer some of the questions that have arisen since Comey was suddenly dismissed last week by President Donald Trump.

Earlier the New York Times reported that President Trump told Russian diplomats that firing the "nut job" FBI director had relieved "great pressure" on him.
    
The newspaper cites the White House's official written account of the Oval Office meeting. It says one official had read quotations to the Times and another had confirmed the broad outlines of the discussion.
    
Friday's report quotes Trump calling ousted FBI Director James Comey "crazy" and "a real nut job." It says the president then told Russia's foreign minister and ambassador that he "faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off."

In response, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said: 

“The President has always emphasized the importance of making deals with Russia as it relates to Syria, Ukraine, defeating ISIS and other key issues for the benefit and safety of the American people. By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia’s actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia. The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would have not have ended it. Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations.”
    
Trump met with the Russians on May 10, the day after he fired Comey.

Meanwhile, The Washington Post is reporting that a current senior White House adviser is under scrutiny as part of an investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.
    
The newspaper is citing unidentified people familiar with the investigation. The adviser under scrutiny is not named, but described as someone close to Trump.
    
The Post says the revelation comes as the investigation appears to be entering a more open and active phase, with investigators conducting interviews and using a grand jury to issue subpoenas.
    
Current administration officials who have acknowledged contacts with Russian officials include Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

The president did not announce his pick for FBI director before leaving Friday on his first foreign trip. President Trump has been narrowing a short list and interviewing candidates to replace Comey, whom Trump fired on May 9.
    
Trump boarded Air Force One Friday without making any comment about the future leadership of the law enforcement agency.
    
Trump had said Thursday he was "very close" to naming a replacement and that former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman was among his top choices.
    
The president departed Friday afternoon on a four-country, nine-day tour of the Middle East and Europe.
    
He'd previously said he might announce his nominee before he left.

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