Prior to former FBI Director James Comey’s public testimony before the House and Senate, he will speak privately with Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor in the Trump-Russia election collusion investigation.
According to House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, Comey’s decision to speak with Mueller delays a Wednesday hearing.
“Spoke with Comey. He wants to speak with special counsel prior to public testimony. Hearing Wed postponed,” Chaffetz tweeted. Comey was also scheduled to speak to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Following Comey’s dismissal, the Justice Department informed President Trump of its decision to appoint a special counselor shortly before announcing that Mueller had been tapped for the post. Trump responded by saying he looked forward to a “thorough investigation” conducted by Mueller, a former FBI director.
“As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know — there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity,” Trump said.
Despite Senate and House committees separately investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Democrats, and some Republicans, have demanded an independent probe.
Mueller’s investigation could last from a few months to a couple of years.
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