Comey's appearance before the committee has been in the works for some time, but an exact date and time had not previously been set. The committee said Comey would testify in a public setting starting at Jun 08, 02:00 PM UTC, and a closed session would follow beginning at Jun 08, 05:00 PM UTC.
Comey wrote in private notes that Trump asked him to shut down the FBI's probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and he also kept notes on a conversation in which he alleged Trump asked him for an affirmation of loyalty, people familiar with the documents have said.
Comey has a history of turning congressional testimony into must-watch TV: in 2007, he famously described to lawmakers of how he intervened in the hospital room of then-Attorney General John Ashcroft to stop, at least for a while, the approval of a National Security Agency surveillance program that he believed to be unlawful.
Separately on Thursday, Sens. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) released letters they had sent to Comey asking him to investigate whether then Attorney General-nominee Jeff Sessions broke the law in telling Congress, wrongly, that he had not had communications with Russians during the campaign.
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