Wednesday 18 October 2017

Comey declines to testify before Senate panel

Ex-FBI director James Comey has declined to appear before the Senate. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
Ex-FBI director James Comey has declined to appear before the Senate. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

Former FBI Director James Comey has declined an invitation to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee next week.

That is according to an aide to the committee's chairman, Republican Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina.

The committee had hoped to hear from Mr Comey in closed session following his abrupt firing this week by President Donald Trump.

The Intelligence Committee is in the midst of a broad investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and ties with Mr Trump's campaign.

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