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20 May 2017, 01:59 | Erica Roy
Mark Warner, D-VA, Vice Chairman of the Committee announced Friday that Comey, the embattled former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, has committed to testify in open session before the Committee.
The senior Democrat on the House Oversight Committee says the panel should request White House documents related to the May 10 Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian officials - and subpoena them if necessary.
Senator Mark Warner, ranking member of the Committee, hoped that Comey's testimony will help answer some of the questions that have arisen since he was sacked by Trump last week.
He was also said to have told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak that "I'm not under investigation". The Washington Post reported that a senior Trump administration official is now a "person of interest" in the Russian Federation probe.
The revelation shows the law enforcement investigation is reaching "the highest levels of government", while also scrutinizing former confidantes no longer advising Trump, such as former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Toobin believes people are focusing on the wrong part of Trump's reported remarks - as much of the public's attention has been devoted to Trump reportedly calling Comey a "nut job". The notes were taken from inside the office and circulated "as the official account of the meeting".
A senior White House adviser is a significant person of interest in the law enforcement investigation of possible ties between Donald Trump's election campaign and Russian Federation, the Washington Post said on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.
In a Thursday conference, Trump flatly denied that he ever made such a suggestion.
He added: "I'm not under investigation".
The reports emerged as Mr Trump departed for his first overseas trip as United States president amid the controversy surrounding investigations into whether his campaign associates collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the election.
The FBI's investigation has bedeviled the Trump administration, and the president personally.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not dispute the summary, saying in a statement that pressure applied by Comey had affected the President's diplomatic efforts with Russian Federation regarding Syria, Ukraine and the Islamic State. The details of his comments to the Russians would seem to bolster theories that Trump fired Comey in an effort to choke off the Russia investigation.
The Washington Post report underscored the seriousness of the investigation into possible collusion, which was taken over earlier this week by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who was appointed as a special prosecutor.
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In addition, Comey agreed to testify at an open hearing of the Senate intelligence committee in the near future, the panel said. Trump and his motorcade then made their way to his hotel for a few hours of downtime before beginning the day's meetings.