Thursday, May 25, 2017

Comey, Sessions both cancel planned testimony to Congress (hunter) · Monday, May 22, 2017, 6:25 pm

Fired FBI director James Comey had been scheduled to testify this Wedneday on the circumstances surrounding his firing. Now that’s not going to happen: House Oversight chair Jason Chaffetz confirmed that the hearing is being postponed, because Comey “wants to speak with Special Counsel [Robert Mueller] prior to public testimony.” Comey likely wants to ensure that his testimony does not interfere with Mueller’s investigation into the same matters—for example, Mueller may want him to demur on answering certain questions.

In what could be coincidental but, in the Trump White House, could also be something else, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has also cancelled his planned testimony to the House and Senate this week. The hearings were routine efforts on Justice Department funding, but lawmakers were likely to have questions of their own on Sessions’ key role in the Comey firing. So for now, he won’t be showing up either.

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