Dem: Comey may soon confirm FBI investigation of Trump campaign, Russia ties
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Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseJuan Williams: Momentum builds against gerrymandering Overnight Regulation: FTC launches probe into Equifax | Dems propose tougher data security rules | NYC aims to slash greenhouse gas emissions | EPA to reconsider Obama coal ash rule Overnight Cybersecurity: Kaspersky to testify before House | US sanctions Iranians over cyberattacks | Equifax reveals flaw that led to hack 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 GrahamTop Louisiana health official rips Cassidy over ObamaCare repeal bill Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions 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 SessionsRhode Island announces plan to pay DACA renewal fee for every 'Dreamer' in state Mich. Senate candidate opts for House run instead NAACP sues Trump for ending DACA 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.