Former FBI Director James Comey will reportedly testify that President Donald Trump pressured him to end a federal investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Comey is expected to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee in the first week of June.
On May 31, it was disclosed that Comey would publicly testify as early as the ensuing week as part of the Senate investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials to subvert the 2016 presidential election, a source close to the matter told CNN.
While the exact date has not been announced, Comey is expected to recount his interactions with the president before the Senate panel.
"The bottom line is he's going to testify," the source said. "He's happy to testify, and he's happy to cooperate."
On May 9, Trump dismissed Comey from his FBI post. While the White House initially asserted that Comey was fired following a recommendation by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, Trump swiftly clarified that it was purely his decision.
"Oh, I was going to fire regardless of recommendation ... I was going to fire Comey knowing there was no good time to do it," Trump told NBC News. "And in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself -- I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story."
Trump also ridiculed Comey as a "showboat."
On May 16, The New York Times reported that Comey had written a memo detailing an instance when Trump allegedly requested that the FBI drop an investigation.
On Feb. 14, Trump allegedly asked Comey during a private meeting to cease the ongoing investigation into Flynn, who had resigned a day prior. Flynn was under federal investigation for receiving payments from Russia and Turkey without registering as a foreign agent.
The source familiar with Comey's upcoming testimony asserted that the former FBI director would stand by his memo, potentially accusing Trump of obstructing justice.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is currently overseeing the federal investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia. Mueller and Comey privately met to discuss what the former FBI director could legally divulge during his testimony.
Following Mueller's appointment, it was unclear whether Comey would be allowed to testify before the Senate committee. A source familiar with the matter told NBC News that the former FBI director has been "cleared for takeoff."