James Comey will not testify next week but Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein to brief Senate on firing

The White House has said it fired Comey based on Rosenstein's recommendation.

— -- Ousted FBI Director James Comey will not testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday about the circumstances of his firing, as top members of the panel had invited him to do.

"He won't be testifying on Tuesday but it is our hope in the not too distant future that we can find time for him to come," Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the committee's top Democrat, said in an interview today on MSNBC.

Comey will "share his side of the story" at the appropriate place and time, Warner said, adding that he hopes it is before the Intelligence Committee, which he and Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., lead.

“Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein’s office has confirmed to Senator Schumer’s office that Mr. Rosenstein will come to brief the full Senate next week. The time and date are still being worked out,” Matt House, a Schumer spokesman, said in a statement.

But Schumer declined that request because he wanted Rosenstein to meet with the full Senate.

A spokesperson for McConnell had nothing to add.