Comey-mania about to take over Washington

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The Russia maelstrom raging around Donald Trump’s presidency reaches a momentous plot twist this week with a quintessential Washington drama set to unfold when ex-FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate.

Comey will appear before the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday, with lawmakers seeking answers as to whether he believes the President sought to obstruct his Russia probe or demanded his loyalty before he fired Comey.

In a prelude to Thursday’s theatrics, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will testify Wednesday. Rosenstein wrote the memo that the White House used as the initial justification to fire Comey, and later called in a special counsel to take over the Russia investigation.

The sessions represent a moment of immense risk for the White House and could counter its emphatic denials that Trump sought to influence the Russia probe or that there is any evidence of wrongdoing.

“Clearly, it would be very, very troubling if the President of the United States is interfering in investigations that affect potentially the president and his closest associates,” Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

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