The former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) chief James Comey is set to give a public testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, June 8, and the world is anxiously waiting for it.
United States President Donald Trump had fired Comey on May 9, in a move which is suspected by many as an attempt to put a curb to an ongoing investigation into White House officials. Comey was overseeing a federal investigation into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia's alleged involvement in the 2016 US Presidential election.
The US President had cited his dissatisfaction with Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal as the primary reason for his sacking.
Trump had also asked Comey to drop his investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's Russia connections, according to Washington Post. The report stated that Trump instead asked Comey to investigate journalists in leak cases, Comey's associates said, who saw private notes written by the FBI chief recounting the conversation with the President.
This will be the first time the former FBI chief will be speaking on the matter publicly, ever since he left his position at the top investigation agency.
Comey accepted an invitation to testify in a public session of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, June 8, at 10 am Eastern time || 7:30 PM IST in India. The testimony will be followed by a private closed-door committee session with Comey later in the day.
Date and time
Comey's hearing will begin at 10 a.m. ET (7 a.m. PT) on Thursday, June 8th on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Where to watch
ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, PBS and C-SPAN will all broadcast Comey's testimony live.
Though the hearing will commence at 10 a.m. ET, all the major networks will have political commentary from both sides of the aisle leading up to the hearing starting at 9 a.m. ET.