Senators Richard Burr, left, and Mark Warner, chairman and ranking member of the Intelligence Committee, held a news conference at the Capitol on Tuesday. (Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times)

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday invited Mr. Comey to testify in both open and closed-door hearings, offering him the opportunity to address reports Mr. Trump asked him to scuttle the investigation into Mr. Flynn.

“I don’t think I know any member that I’ve talked to, publicly or privately, Democrat or Republican, that doesn’t think that Jim Comey deserves a chance to tell his side of the story,” said Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the committee’s top Democrat.

It was unclear when Mr. Comey would appear. Mr. Warner said he did not expect Mr. Comey to respond immediately to their invitation.

The committee also requested that Andrew McCabe, the acting F.B.I. director, hand over any related documents prepared by Mr. Comey about his communications with senior officials from the White House and Justice Department regarding the Russia investigation — including the so-called Comey memo.

The Senate Judiciary Committee issued its own request for information on communications between Mr. Comey and various administration officials, including Mr. Trump and former President Barack Obama.

The committee explicitly asked the White House counsel, Donald McGahn, for “all audio recordings, transcripts, notes, summaries, or memoranda” related to Mr. Comey among the White House records — a request that would include any “tapes” Mr. Trump referred to in a Twitter post last week.

It also requested that the F.B.I. provide Mr. Comey’s memos detailing his interactions with several current and former Justice Department officials related to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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SOURCE: NY Times, Emmarie Huetteman

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