Former FBI Director James Comey to testify in Senate June 8

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The subpoenas were announced Wednesday as the special counsel overseeing the government's investigation into possible Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation has authorized former FBI Director James Comey to testify before the Senate intelligence committee, according to a Comey associate.

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's main inquiry is the nature of Comey's encounters with President Donal.

Comey's testimony will come after a new independent special counsel, former FBI director Robert Mueller, was appointed to take over the Justice Department and FBI Russia investigations.

CNN reported that Comey is unlikely to want to discuss any details into possible collusion between Trump officials and the Russians - as he did during previous testimony.

The Senate Intelligence Committee announced on May 19 that Comey had agreed to testify after the Memorial Day holiday. The GOP staffer, who was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly and spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the chairman has the authority to sign off on subpoenas and that all the committee rules were followed.

A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment.

According to United States media reports, Comey is likely to tell the lawmakers that he was asked by Trump not to go ahead of the FBI investigations against Michael Flynn, the former national security advisor to Trump. Mike Conaway and Adam Schiff, the top committee Republican and Democrat overseeing the House investigation, said in a joint statement.

US intelligence agencies reported in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw a campaign of computer hacking, fake news and propaganda meant to swing the election to Republican Trump over his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Trump hired Kasowitz last week in a move that wasn't unusual - former President Bill Clinton hired outside counsel amid the investigation that led to his impeachment trial.

Congress is now out of session.

The hearings are part of the Senate panel's probe of Russia's attempts to influence the outcome of the 2016 race for the White House.