Comey set to testify June 8 on Russia

Former FBI director James Comey will testify publicly in front of the Senate next week in the ongoing investigation into links between Donald Trump's administration and Russian Federation, according to United States media reports.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied leading efforts to interfere in last year's USA election, and on Thursday said some Russians might have acted on their own but not with their government's involvement.

Comey is not expected to testify about the details of the FBI's Russian Federation investigation. Calls and emails to Kasowitz's NY firm were not returned Wednesday.

Under huge pressure, U.S. Justice Department then appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the probe into the Trump campaign's relations with Russian Federation.

CNN reported that Comey is unlikely to want to discuss any details into possible collusion between Trump officials and the Russians - as he did during previous testimony.

There is the possibility that Mr Trump obstructed justice by asking Mr Comey to drop the FBI's inquiry into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

The CIA declined to comment on the subpoenas and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and NSA did not immediate respond to requests for comment. Mueller's separate probe could conceivably look at the circumstances surrounding Comey's firing. No date for Comey's testimony has been set.

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"The Committee welcomes the testimony of former Director Comey, but does not have an announcement to make at this time", said Rebecca Glover, spokeswoman for Republican committee Chairman Richard Burr.

Besides Kushner, Cohen and Flynn, the Justice and Congressional investigations are also looking into the Russian Federation ties of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, political consultant Roger Stone, and foreign affairs adviser Carter Page.

Four were issued to ousted national security adviser Flynn, the president's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, and their respective companies.

Another congressional source, who also requested anonymity, said Democrats were "informed and consulted" before the subpoenas were issued. He said he has "nothing to hide".

The hearings are part of the Senate panel's probe of Russia's attempts to influence the outcome of the 2016 race for the White House.

Comey's testimony had not been scheduled by Wednesday afternoon, but sources said it could happen next week.

Also Wednesday, a Justice Department official confirmed that Mueller had named a top Justice Department official to his team.

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