Comey to testify to US Senate intelligence panel on June 8

Comey will testify in open session beginning at 10 a.m. ET, followed by a closed session around 1 p.m., the committee announced.

The committee's Republican chairman and senior Democrat have said members want to hear from Comey on his role in the development of the USA intelligence agencies' assessment that Russian Federation interfered in last year's election.

Senators will also likely ask Comey about his relationship with the president in the weeks leading up to his firing.

Following his dismissal, reports mounted that Trump asked Comey if he was under investigation in a separate FBI probe, and sought to have Comey end an investigation into former top administration official Michael Flynn.

Trump on Thursday backed Nunes' efforts to investigate actions by US security and other officials who had served under previous President Barack Obama.

Comey is not expected to testify about the details of the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

At a Wednesday briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said inquiries about the Russian Federation investigation must be directed to Trump's longtime personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz. Calls and emails to Kasowitz's NY firm were not returned Wednesday.

Last month, the Justice Department named another former FBI chief, Robert Mueller, as a special counsel to the investigation.

Trump officials have denied accusations that the president attempted to thwart the investigation.

Mr Comey was sacked as Federal Bureau of Investigation chief by Mr Trump on 9 May.

Trump has denied firing Comey over the Flynn probe. No date for Comey's testimony has been set.

Comey could testify publicly as early as next week about his conversations with Trump, CNN reported Wednesday.

Sen. Richard Burr R-North Carolina, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Sen.

The House Intelligence Committee's investigation is just one of several congressional probes into Russian Federation, along with one by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Intelligence panel has subpoenaed documents from Flynn and other Trump associates.

Another congressional source, who also requested anonymity, said Democrats were "informed and consulted" ahead of time, but committee aides said they were not told. He said he has "nothing to hide".

The House Intelligence Committee's investigation is one of several congressional probes into Russian Federation, along with one by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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