Televised Comey testimony billed as 'Super Bowl of Washington'

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Bar keepers coast to coast offered breakfast specials like "impeachmint" cocktails and $5 Russian vodka shots on Thursday as they tuned their wall-mounted TV sets for live broadcasts of former FBI chief James Comey's congressional testimony.

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From Capitol Hill to San Francisco's Castro district, television "watch parties" beckoned political junkies away from the morning rush hour to taverns, restaurants and living rooms to view an event some likened to the "Super Bowl of Washington."

Comey, fired by President Donald Trump last month while leading a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into Russian meddling in last year's U.S. presidential election, was slated to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT).

In an advance copy of his written testimony released on Wednesday, Comey said Trump privately asked him to drop an investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, as part of the Russia inquiry.