Sen. Grassley: Judiciary Committee Investigating Comey's Firing

Frederick Owens
June 15, 2017

Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wants Comey to appear before his committee, and has not ruled out issuing a subpoena for his appearance.

In the letter, Feinstein told Grassley she is very much concerned about the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats' and National Security Agency Director Admiral Rogers' refusals to answer questions from senators.

"These issues should be developed by our legal staff, presented to us, and be subject to full committee hearings", she wrote in the letter.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump-Russia matter is now looking at whether the president obstructed justice. Portions of one of the memos were reported in The New York Times shortly after Trump fired Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director. "I asked a close friend of mine to do that", Comey said.

Feinstein focused specifically on fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates - who warned White House counsel on January 26 and 27 that then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had lied about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States and could be blackmailed - and Flynn's forced resignation on February 13.

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Trump also twice declined to confirm the existence of White House recordings of the conversations.

Feinstein is the top Democrat on the Judiciary panel and a member of the intelligence committee, both of which are investigating Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and related questions over the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian officials.

"I think the intelligence committee is doing good work and should continue", Feinstein said.

That friend, Columbia Law Professor Daniel Richman, then sent the memos to the New York Times where reporters published a story alleging President Trump asked Comey to drop the FBI's investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Comey said it should be special counsel Robert Mueller's task to determine whether Trump had obstructed justice, and therefore, had opened himself up to possible impeachment proceedings, keeping the allegations on Russian Federation in mind. Four congressional committees have appealed directly to Comey and the Department of Justice to obtain the memos for review but have not yet obtained them.

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