Acting FBI Director to face Congress in wake of Comey’s dismissal

by Itunuoluwa Adebo

The  Acting director of the FBI’s is slated to testify, Thursday at a congressional hearing most likely to be dominated by lawmakers’ questions over Trump’s dismissal this week of former director James Comey.

Trump rocked Washington with his abrupt decision to fire Comey on Tuesday, with backlash for removing the director amid an FBI investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion between Russia and Trump’s presidential campaign.

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Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe IS set to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee at a previously scheduled hearing on global security threats, where Comey had been originally scheduled to testify.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told CBS News, Trump is weighing a visit to the FBI’s Washington headquarters in coming days to address agents. The Trump administration has said Comey’s firing was unrelated to the Russia investigation and followed a meeting on Monday with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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Rosenstein, however, balked at White House suggestions that he had called for the firing in a memo requested by Trump, and threatened to resign, the Washington Post and ABC News reported. Reuters could not immediately confirm the reports. Rosenstein came up with the rationale to fire Comey “on his own” and that the words in his memo were not “at the direction necessarily” of Trump, the White House spokeswoman told ABC News

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