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Sen. Wyden Calls For Immediate Testimony of FBI Director After President Trump fires Comey amidst Russia Investigation

Oregon U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is calling for the immediate testimony of FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by President Donald Trump on Tuesday, May 9.

Wyden said in an email, “Comey should be immediately called to testify in an open hearing about the status of Russia/Trump investigation at the time he was fired.”

The stated reason for Comey’s firing was the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the handling of investigating Hillary Clinton’s emails, according to Buzzfeed news. However, the online news site points out that “Comey's FBI was investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential ties between Trump's campaign and Russia.”

Wyden is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian intelligence interference in the U.S. election.

Wyden’s full statement is below:

“I have been long been a critic of Director Comey, for his views about surveillance and torture, his stance on secret law and his conduct during the investigation into Secretary Clinton. But Donald Trump’s decision to fire him now, in the midst of an investigation into Trump associates and their ties to Russia, is outrageous. Director Comey should be immediately called to testify in an open hearing about the status of the investigation into Russia and Trump associates at the time he was fired.

“There can be no question that a fully independent special counsel must be appointed to lead this investigation. At this point, no one in Trump’s chain of command can be trusted to carry out an impartial investigation.

“The president would do well to remember that in America, the truth always comes out.”