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Warner: Comey should testify

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters Wednesday that he wants to hear from former FBI director James Comey as the committee’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election continues.

“I think it’s awful hard for any member of the Senate, Democrat or Republican, not to realize that this investigation is the most serious thing that, I think, even the whole Congress is taking on at this point,” Warner told reporters at the Capitol. “And it is top of mind of every American, and I think they understand the seriousness of it.”

Warner added that, in private, his Republican colleagues have expressed concern about media reports that Trump asked Comey not to investigate former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

“I can’t think of a single Republican colleague of mine that I’ve talked to who, at least privately, hasn’t expressed real concern,” Warner said.

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The White House is searching for a new FBI director, after President Trump dismissed James Comey from that post May 9. Since the firing, The Washington Post broke the news Monday that Trump shared highly classified intelligence with Russian officials. And Tuesday, the New York Times reported and other outlets confirmed that Trump asked the FBI to drop its probe into then-national security adviser Michael Flynn and pursue leak cases.