By PETER GADITI and RICHARD LAUTENBERGSTEINAssociated PressFormer FBI Director James Comey testifies during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., January 4, 2021.
REUTERS/Aaron P. BernsteinFormer FBI director James Comey (L) testifies before a House intelligence committee hearing on Sept. 20, 2021 in Washington.
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REUTERS / Adam BeamlessFormer FBI head John Brennan (L), former CIA Director Mike Pompeo, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn (R) and retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn speak at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, U.s., February 4, 2019.
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Under Secretary-Generals Susan Rice, left and Samantha Power testify during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Feb. 3, 2019, in Washington in Washington.(AP photo/Patrick Semansky)Former CIA Director John A. Brennan (R), former National Intelligence Director Mike Flynn (L).
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Ambassador-at-Large for Europe John Bolton testifies prior to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearings on Capitol building in Washington March 6, 2020.(AP photos/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)Former NSA Director Mike McConnell (L,) former Deputy National Security Adviser Daniel Coats testifies for the Senate Intelligence hearing before the Senate Select Select Committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U. S. election, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, February 4 in Washington DC.
(credit: John Minchillo/AP)Former Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell speaks to the media following the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation of Donald Trump, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the position of Director of the National Intelligence on Capitol hill in Washington on May 18, 2019..
The hearing is scheduled for Monday.
REUTERS The Senate Intelligence committee’s investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election has been widely criticized as being politically motivated.
In particular, the inquiry has been criticized by members of both parties, with Democrats accusing Republicans of stonewalling the committee’s work, and Republicans accusing Democrats of being politically biased.
President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Monday that he had fired FBI Director Jim Comey, and the White House said in its own statement that he would not be stepping down as soon as the Senate committee finishes its work.
“James Comey is no longer leading the FBI,” Trump wrote.
“The Director of our nation’s premier law enforcement agency is leaving.
It is a sad day for our country.
He has been a great friend to the FBI.
The president will continue to provide the full support he has earned and will continue his role at the Justice Department.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that the Senate would vote on the FBI’s nomination on Tuesday.
“I want to make sure that we have a bipartisan process to get a good, thorough investigation done,” McConnell said.
“There is going to be a lot of noise, but we want to see it done.”
The White House has said it is prepared to move forward with the committee on Tuesday,