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>> So help you God.>> Former FBI Director James Comey will testify in public in a highly anticipated first appearance for the man fired by President Donald Trump.>> Why did you fire Director Comey?>> Cuz he wasn't doing a good job, very simply, he was not doing a good job.
Republican Richard Burr of the Senate Intelligence Committee announcing that Comey will appear before the panel next Thursday. The subject, Russia's alleged interference in the US election, any links between Moscow and the Trump campaign. And now top of the agenda, any attempts by the White House to halt the investigation.
>> There is no collusion but the entire thing has been a witch hunt.>> Comey's firing last month transformed him from lead investigator to potential key witness in the probe. According to notes he reportedly kept of meetings with the president, Trump on one occasion asked Comey for a pledge of loyalty, but Comey declined.
At a separate meeting, Trump reportedly asked Comey to close an investigation into former National Security Director Michael Flynn. Who was forced to resign after lying about the contacts he'd had with a Russian official. The New York times supporting Trump also bragged about firing Comey to Russia's foreign minister.
Calling the director quote, a nutjob, and saying that getting rid of him is quote, great pressure. Comey may be eager to defend himself, Trump's letter dismissing Comey claims the FBI Director. On three occasions assured the president, Trump was not the subject of any investigation. If true, that would be a significant breach of protocol, no doubt the White House will be watching Comey closely.
So will this man, former FBI Director Robert Mueller tapped to step in as a special counsel. And take over an investigation that could now include charges of obstruction of justice.