Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseThe Hill's 12:30 Report Dems introduce MAR-A-LAGO Act to publish visitor logs Under pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support 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 GrahamRepublicans giving Univision the cold shoulder: report Graham: 'I'm glad' Ivanka will be working in the White House Trump tweets promotion for Fox News show 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 SessionsJeff SessionsSessions says grants to be withheld from sanctuary cities Cheech Marin hopes Trump voters 'starting to realize their mistake' Americans have a right to know what intel community knows on Russia MORE announced he would recuse himself from investigations into Russia and the election.
“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.