World Bulletin / News Desk
James Comey, the former FBI chief fired by President Donald Trump, has agreed to publicly testify about Russian interference in the US elections, as fresh allegations increased pressure on the American leader.
The exchange supports claims that Trump sacked Comey over the bureau's probe into possible collusion between the real estate mogul's campaign and Moscow.
The Washington Post meanwhile said the FBI has identified an unnamed senior White House official as a "significant person of interest" in its sprawling probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
The reports came just as Trump flew to Saudi Arabia to kick off his first foreign trip as US leader -- highlighting how the controversy over his team's alleged links to Moscow is dogging his fledgling presidency.
Comey will testify in open session of the Senate Intelligence Committee at some point after the Memorial Day holiday, May 29, though a date has not yet been set.
The ex-FBI chief has not spoken publicly since his surprise firing last week.
"I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media," panel Chairman Richard Burr said in a statement.
The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner, said he expects Comey to "shed light on issues critical to this Committee's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election."
However, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Comey declined their invitation to testify before the panel over the circumstances surrounding his abrupt removal.
"We're extremely disappointed in James Comey's decision not to testify voluntarily before the Judiciary Committee," said Chairman Chuck Grassley and the panel's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, urging Comey to reconsider.
"There is no reason he can't testify before both the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees... Given his commitment to the people and the mission of the FBI, we expected him to be responsive to the senators responsible for vetting its next proposed leader."
The White House has been thrown into turmoil by a succession of stunning allegations against the president this week, including that he may have obstructed justice by asking Comey to drop an investigation into one of his top advisors.
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