Here's what Congress should ask fired FBI director James Comey about the Russia probe

Forget the new Transformers or Spiderman movies. The summer’s real blockbuster might take place in a United States Senate hearing room after Memorial Day.

That’s when former FBI director James Comey is expected to testify in an open Senate intelligence committee hearing about the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, President Donald Trump’s firing of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and Trump administration links to the Russians.

The upcoming hearing offers Comey a chance to tell his side of the story in a public forum. We asked legal experts from Southern California universities what they would ask Comey if they were members of Congress.

Leah Litman, assistant professor of law at UC Irvine.

Did the president or any of his surrogates ask Comey to stop, delay, cut back, or minimize in some way the FBI’s investigation into Russia-related wrongdoing?

“If so, whether there is any evidence that might confirm those contacts or conversations? Was anyone else present during those contacts or conversations? In what context were they made, and when? If it was the president’s surrogates, who?”

“Were you ever asked by the president or his surrogates to make any statements publicly about the investigation into Russia-related wrongdoing? If so, what were you asked, and when? What did you say in response? Who asked you? How many times were you asked?”

“Were you asked for updates or other details about the investigation into Russia-related…

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