Dem: Comey may soon confirm FBI investigation of Trump campaign, Russia ties
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Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehousePutin summit puts spotlight back on Trump's tax returns Senate panel advances Trump IRS nominee Senate Dems protest vote on controversial court pick MORE (D-R.I.), who is investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, privately told other senators that FBI Director James Comey could provide a "clearer explanation" of the FBI-led Russia investigation before he is expected to appear before a Senate panel on Wednesday, Politico reported.

Comey suggested he would provide more information during a private meeting with Whitehouse and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP strategist: Putin press conference 'made Trump look weak' Release of Carter Page surveillance documents reignites debate Graham: Warrant for Carter Page surveillance was 'a bunch of garbage' MORE (R-S.C.) earlier this month, the news outlet added. Both Whitehouse and Graham serve on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, which has FBI oversight.

The three men met on March 2, the same day that Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump ramps up scrutiny of legal immigrants Data confirm that marijuana decriminalization is long overdue The FIRST STEP Act sets up a dangerous future MORE announced he would recuse himself from investigations into Russia and the election.

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Whitehouse told Politico it is unclear from whom Comey needed additional clearance before he could further discuss the investigations.

“So we said look, we’re going to go ahead with our hearing on the 15th, just let us know by then,” Whitehouse told Politico.

“So I think he implicitly confirmed that they are looking at this and he said he’d get us a clearer explanation by tomorrow. That was satisfactory to both of us,” Whitehouse added.

“Comey wanted to have some time to structure his response,” Whitehouse added.