The Hill article FBI director James Comey will testify Monday before a Senate panel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and the broader effort to sway the outcome.
Comey is expected to outline his investigation into whether Russian officials tried to influence the election, a move that would mark a turning point in the bureau’s efforts to counter Russian interference.
He will also address a range of allegations that the Trump campaign sought to interfere with the election and was behind cyberattacks on Democratic organizations and party officials.
In a news conference Tuesday, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr Richard Mauze BurrHillicon Valley: State officials share tech privacy concerns with Sessions | Senator says election security bill won’t pass before midterms | Instagram co-founders leave Facebook | Google chief to testify on Capitol Hill DC restaurant to close after protests over Trump immigration order MORE (R-N.C.) will ask Comey to reveal the FBI’s internal assessment of Russian interference and whether any investigative steps were taken.
Burr is also expected to ask Comey about his assessment of the extent to which the FBI had the resources and personnel to detect and counter Russian efforts.
Burr’s request for Comey’s testimony comes as he and other Senate Republicans prepare to launch their investigation into the Russia probe.
The Judiciary Committee, meanwhile, is scheduled to hold a hearing next week on whether Trump obstructed justice when he fired Comey as director in May.
“The American people deserve answers about the FBI, and this hearing will provide those answers,” Burr said in a statement Tuesday.
“As a result, I am asking Director Comey to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
We have asked him to testify about the Russian investigation, but there are still many unanswered questions about what happened.”
The Judiciary committee is scheduled for a hearing on Comey’s interactions with Trump and his interactions with Russia in June.
Comey has faced criticism for not fully disclosing that the FBI has investigated whether there was any coordination between the Trump team and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election.
He also has faced a growing number of congressional and independent investigations into Russian interference during the election campaign and the campaign’s subsequent aftermath.
The FBI is not a party to those investigations.
Burr has said the FBI and Justice Department should provide more information about their findings and the reasons behind them.