Former FBI Director James Comey is set to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday for what is expected to be a blockbuster Capitol Hill appearance.
Comey was fired May 9 by President Donald Trump. He is expected to get questions from senators about whether Trump tried to pressure him into letting go of an investigation into Michael Flynn, Trump’s controversial former national security adviser. More broadly, the FBI has been looking into possible collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russians.
This will be Comey’s first public testimony since Trump axed him.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who will participate in the hearing, last month said the turmoil in Trump’s White House has hit “Watergate size and scale.”
The possible significance of the open hearing is reflected in the amount of attention that will be devoted to it: three major U.S. television networks — ABC, CBS and NBC — will carry the proceedings live, as well cable news networks such as CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel and C-SPAN3. You can also catch the hearing on those channels’ online platforms and smartphone apps.
The White House and its allies are scrambling to offset potential damage from fired FBI Director James Comey’s congressional testimony, an appearance that could expose new details about talks with Donald Trump about the investigation into Russia. (June 6)
CNN has even been running an on-screen countdown clock ticking down the minutes until Comey testifies.
Comey is the only witness at the hearing, which will start Thursday at 7 a.m. Arizona time, or 10 a.m. Eastern. He subsequently will continue his testimony in a second, closed hearing in the the afternoon.
His testimony also will be live-streamed at azcentral.com and at USATODAY.com. And you will be able to find a live feed on Twitter and all over Facebook.
How to watch in Phoenix
ABC (KNXV-TV. Channel 15)
CBS (KPHO-TV, Channel 5)
NBC (KPNX-TV, Channel 12)
CNN (Cox: Channel 36 and Channel 1036 HD; CenturyLink Prism: Channel 202 and Channel 1202 HD; Dish: Channel 200; DIRECTV: Channel 202)
MSNBC (Cox: Channel 63 and Channel 1063 HD; CenturyLink Prism: Channel 215 and Channel 1215 HD; Dish: Channel 209; DIRECTV: Channel 356)
Fox News Channel (Cox: Channel 47 and Channel 1047 HD; CenturyLink Prism: Channel 210 and Channel 1210 HD; Dish: Channel 205; DIRECTV Channel 360)
C-SPAN3 (Cox: Channel 126; CenturyLink Prism: Channel 232 and Channel 1232 HD)
azcentral.com and USATODAY.com will live-stream the hearing.
PBS NewsHour is showing the hearing live on YouTube.com.
C-SPAN3 live-streams on CSPAN.org.
Nowicki is The Arizona Republic’s national political reporter. Follow him on Twitter, @dannowicki.
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