By Miriam Raftery
June 7, 2017 (San Diego’s East County ) – Major TV networks including CBS, NBC and ABC will be interrupting regular programming tomorrow morning to broadcast live testimony by fired FBI director James Comey to the Senate Intelligence Committee slated to start at 7 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.
A copy of Comey's pre-prepared statement has been released and can be read here. Comey confirms "inappropriate" actions by President Donald Trump including demanding loyalty and pressuring him to drop the investigation into former National Security Director Michael Flynn. Comey's statement directly contradicts Trump's denial that he asked Comey to drop the investigation. After Comey refused, and also refused to swear a loyalty oath to Trump, Trump fired him.
Comey’s testimony under questioning by Senators tomorrow could provide evidence for special prosecutor James Mueller, who is heading up an investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
The stakes have ratcheted up after the Intercept published excerpts of a leaked top-secret National Security Administration report detailing that Russian military intelligence sent phishing messages to at least 100 U.S. election officials days before the 2016 presidential election and earlier executed a cyber attack on at least one voting software supplier.