Written by: Jack Davis
When James Comey tells his story, he wants the world to hear it.
The former FBI director rejected a request from the Senate Intelligence Committee to appear before them next week in a closed session, according to the panel’s vice chairman, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said.
“We just heard from the director that he’s not able to make Tuesday,” Warner said. “It’s my hope that that we will be able to find a time. I think it’s really important that the Congress, and more broadly the American people, hear Director Comey’s side of the story.”
He might get his wish.
The New York Times reported that Comey told associates he would only testify in a public session. Comey has made no public statements since he was fired Tuesday by President Donald Trump.
Trump was asked Friday about a tweet he sent that roiled the political waters further.
“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump tweeted in a comment that gave rise to intense media speculation that Trump had taped Comey at a White House dinner in January.
The media has reported that the White House and Comey have widely different views of what was said at that meeting.
Trump has ruled the subject off limits since his tweet.