WASHINGTON — Former FBI Director James Comey is preparing to testify to Congress as early as next week about his private conversations with President Trump leading up to his abrupt firing, according to an associate of Comey’s.

Since his dismissal earlier this month, Comey had been expected to testify at some point about his private interactions with the president, a s well as the detailed memos he took describing the conversations.

Before he could testify, however, Comey had to ensure his appearance at a public hearing would not complicate the ongoing investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the probe of possible coordination between Russian agents and Trump campaign officials during last year’s presidential campaign.

Comey and the special counsel’s office have reached an understanding about what he can and cannot discuss, clearing the way for his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee as early as next week, according to people familiar with the matter who cautioned that a date for his appearance had not been finalized and it could take longer to schedule. The development was first reported by CNN.

Comey, who was fired less than 4 years into his ten-year term as director of the FBI, is expected to talk about his conversations with the president and the notes he took about those talks.

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