What consequences await the U.S. president if ousted FBI director gets 'day in front of the entire political world to tell his story under oath in front of a congressional committe'?
Though James Comey, the former director of the FBI whose firing by President Donald Trump sparked political uproar this week, has reportedly declined an invitation to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee behind closed doors about his controversial ouster, he is reportedly willing to answer lawmakers' questions in open session if given the opportunity.
The New York Times on Saturday, citing a close associate of Comey, reports the former director "is willing to testify, but wants it to be in public."
Comey's version of events when it comes to meetings and conversations he had with Trump have now taken on new significance after the White House's shifting narrative on the reason for his firing was compounded by an interview the president gave to NBC News on Thursday and a subsequent tweet on Friday in which he appeared to publicly threaten Comey by teasing the existence of possible recordings of their interactions. "Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" the president stated.
In his interview with NBC, Trump told Lester Holt that Comey was in part fired because he was a "grandstander" and a "showboat." Such public insults, some political observers contend, could certainly come back to haunt Trump if Comey has a story to tell that diverges from Trump's or reveals new details about their discussions. Read full story here