US President Trump had fired James Comey – but he will not get rid of him. The FBI chief will testify in the US Senate.
The subject: Trumps possible contacts with Russia in the US election campaign. A White House adviser is now clearly in the eye of the investigators.
Contradictory information about the Comey
After the dismissal of FBI chief James Comey, US President Donald Trump will continue to deal with him and his investigation into Russia contacts of the US government. As announced on Friday (local time), Comey will be sent to the US secret service committee About possible Russian influence. According to “Washington Post”, a high-ranking figure from Trump’s close-knit environment is also in the focus of the FBI investigations into the Russia affair.
The leading members of Republican and Democrats in the Senate’s Secret Service Committee, Richard Burr and Mark Warner, announced in a joint statement that Comey had agreed to a public survey. The survey should take place after 29 May, which is a holiday in the USA. An exact date has not yet been fixed.
“I am hopeful that he will educate the American people about the recent events that have been widely reported in the media,” Burr said. The Democrat Warner emphasized that Comey had to answer “some questions that have come about since Director Comey was so suddenly dismissed by the President.”
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley, said in the meantime that Comey had issued a request to testify voluntarily about his sudden release in this committee. Grassley added that he was “extremely disappointed”. The leading democrat in the committee, Dianne Feinstein, called on Comey to become aware of his commitment to the American people and to appear before their committee.
Reason for dismissal of the FBI Director
Trump had dismissed Comey a week and a half ago and is therefore under pressure. Among the reasons for the dismissal of the FBI director, Trump and his environment were changing and partly contradictory. The President himself, however, in his public statements, among other things, drew attention to the connection with the investigation into possible illegal contacts to Russia in his election campaign team, which had led to Comey.
A new statement by Trumps spokesman Sean Spicer also went in this direction: With his investigation, Comey had “unnecessary pressure” on the possibilities of the government to “discuss and negotiate with Moscow”.
“He was crazy, a real spinner”
Unspoiled, Spicer, however, had a report from the “New York Times”, which Trump last week, during his talk with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the White House over Comey. “I just fired the head of the FBI, he was crazy, a real spinner,” the President said, according to an official protocol and government staff.
“I was subjected to heavy pressure because of Russia, he’s gone now,” said Trump loudly “NYT”. Trumps consultant Jared Kushner should also have maintained contact with the Russian government.
The Washington Post reported Friday, referring to insiders, a counselor or a white house counselor in the FBI investigation into the Russia connections of the US government. The investigations are incumbent on the former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who was appointed by the Ministry of Justice as an independent special investigator this week.
The US news station CNN, referring to intercepted Russian news, reported that the government in Moscow, because of its strong ties with Trumps’ former security adviser Michael Flynn, had assumed that Trump and his inner circle could influence him.