Comey to testify before Senate committee

The committee will also ask questions on Mr Comey's role in the development of the United States intelligence agencies' assessment that Russian Federation meddled in the U.S. presidential election and any possible collusion with Mr Trump's campaign.

The special counsel investigating possible links between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign has cleared former FBI Director James Comey to testify before a congressional committees about his contacts with President Donald Trump, according to an associate close to Comey.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is now investigating the possible connections between senior figures from the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the election, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Check back for more on this developing story.

On Wednesday, Nunes asked the agencies for details of any requests made by two top Obama administration aides and the former Central Intelligence Agency director to "unmask" Trump campaign advisers inadvertently picked up in top-secret foreign communications intercepts, according to congressional sources.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer referred questions about Comey's upcoming testimony to Trump's outside counsel while speaking to reporters on Wednesday.

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Comey's testimony probably will focus on the private meetings the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director had with Trump and subsequently chronicled in internal memos and recounted to associates who have divulged their contents to The Associated Press and other media outlets.

"The Committee welcomes the testimony of former Director Comey, but does not have an announcement to make at this time", said Rebecca Glover, spokeswoman for Republican committee Chairman Richard Burr.

Mr Comey was leading the FBI's probe into the allegations, and his firing sparked a political uproar.

Mr Trump has backed Mr Nunes' efforts to investigate actions by USA security and other officials who had served under previous president Barack Obama.

On Thursday, President Vladimir Putin said the Russian state has never been involved in hacking, and claimed individual "patriotic" hackers may have carried out attacks during the USA election past year.

The president blasted the probes online as a 'witch hunt, ' in just his latest attack on the investigations.

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