Donald Trump’s desperate firing of former FBI Director James Comey may be about to backfire in a huge way because now there are reports that the Senate Intelligence Committee invited Comey back next week to testify.
The Hill reports that ranking committee member Sen. Mark Warner’s (D-Va.) office confirmed Comey’s invitation on Wednesday.
However, it will be a closed session, which means that the public will not be invited to attend, according to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr’s (R-N.C.) spokesperson.
James Comey will go down in history for his role in the 2016 presidential election after he tipped off Congress that he was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails due to new evidence. Comey’s timing could not have been worse, just days before the election. And of course, the new evidence turned out to be nothing even mildly incriminating for Clinton, but by the time it was cleared up it no longer mattered.
After the election Trump decided to keep Comey on, and why not? Trump probably figured Comey was a loyal soldier who would follow his orders without question. However, after the FBI opened an investigation into Russia’s interference in the election, Trump began to see that Comey wasn’t trying to derail it.
In fact, the former FBI director may have been trying to intensify it. According to the LA Times comey was seeking additional resources for the Russia investigation just days before he was fired.
Of course, Trump tells a slightly different story.
He was not doing a good job,” Trump said Wednesday when asked why he fired Comey. “Very simply, he was not doing a good job.”
Should Comey testify on Tuesday and confirm that he did indeed request additional resources for the Russia investigation, that testimony alone could spark the embers of future impeachment proceedings.
James Comey may become the first political magic bullet to kill two presidencies.