BREAKING: Comey says YES

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James Comey has some ‘splaining to do.

Not long after his firing by President Donald Trump, the New York Times reported on a memo of Comey’s they obtained, which claimed that during a meeting with Trump in February, the president asked him to back away form investigating Michael Flynn. That was after Flynn had to step down as Trump’s National Security Adviser after it was revealed he’d had undisclosed contact with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and misled Vice President Mike Pence about it.

Contradicting the claims Comey made in his memo, however, was Comey himself – under oath on May 3rd, when Comey couldn’t recount any time that the FBI had been asked to drop an investigation by a senior official.

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So which claim is true? To answer that, Comey is going under oath again.

According to Politico, former FBI Director James Comey is planning to testify publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee as soon as next week about his conversations with President Donald Trump regarding the Russia investigation, a Comey friend confirmed to POLITICO.

As of Wednesday morning, Comey’s testimony in front of the committee had not yet been scheduled, though there is talk that the appearance could happen next week, according to a second source familiar with the matter.

When asked about Comey’s upcoming testimony on Wednesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer declined to comment, saying all questions on the matter should be directed to outside counsel.

Trump further stoked the scandal by allegedly telling the Russian foreign minister and ambassador during an Oval Office visit that Comey was “a real nut job” and that pressure related to the Russia investigation was taken off him by firing Comey.

After the firing, the deputy attorney general appointed Robert Mueller on May 17 as special counsel to oversee the FBI’s investigation. The Senate Intelligence Committee announced on May 19 that Comey had agreed to testify in an open session.

Final details are still being worked out and no official date for his testimony has been set, but as previously mentioned, the testimony will be as early as next week. This news comes just hours after Trump had mentioned Comey in a series of tweets related to the Russia investigation.

A source told CNN that Comey is expected to stand by the claims made in his memo – so it’ll be interesting to see how he reconciles those claims with the contradictory claims he also made under oath.

[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. He is a co-author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left, and can be found on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]

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