In the wake of President Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey, bombshell after bombshell has landed on the Trump White House: Trump’s revelation that he fired Comey thanks to Comey’s handling of the Russian investigation; news of a contemporaneous memo by Comey from February detailing how Trump supposedly told him of his hopes that Comey would drop an investigation into former Trump National Security Advisor Mike Flynn; the announcement that deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein had appointed a special counsel; Rosenstein’s alleged comments before a Congressional committee that Trump had moved to tamp down the Russian investigation; news that Trump told the Russian ambassador and foreign minister that he felt that pressure on him had been relieved by Comey’s firing.
On Friday, the Senate Intelligence Committee now says that Comey will testify in an open session. That’s probably better at this point, given that whatever Comey says will immediately leak anyway. But it is questionable what questions Comey can answer now that he will be a witness in a federal criminal investigation led by newly-appointed special counsel Robert Mueller.
Comey will have to answer some tough questions from Republicans: does he have notes on his decisions surrounding the recommendation of non-prosecution of Hillary Clinton? Does he have notes from the Obama White House’s handling of the IRS scandal? Why didn't he resign if he thought Trump was pressuring him? Why did he testify he had never received pressure to end an investigation for political purposes?
The more transparency, the better. No more anonymous leaking. Let's hear Comey in his own words. Goodness knows he loves the spotlight.