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Watch Live: Comey Testifies Before Senate Intelligence Committee

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Former FBI Director James Comey is testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today, speaking publicly for the first time since he was fired by President Trump nearly a month ago. Senators are expected to press Comey on the circumstances surrounding his dismissal as well as the investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election.

The White House has given conflicting messages about the reasons for Comey's firing. Sources close to Comey say the President told Comey to shut down the Russia investigation. That's a charge that the White House denies. A Special Counsel has since been tapped by the Justice Department to head the probe.

Thursday's public hearing begins at 9:00 a.m. CDT. Online, NPR journalists covering national security and politics are annotating Comey's opening remarks, which the Senate Intelligence Committee released in advance on Wednesday.

A live video stream of the Senate Select Committee is below, and the annotation of the opening remarks is also below.