Dem: Comey may soon confirm FBI investigation of Trump campaign, Russia ties
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Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDem: Pruitt violating anti-campaigning law with GOP fundraiser Dem senators ask Bannon for more info about Breitbart contact Senate Dems want Trump to release ethics waivers, visitor logs 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 GrahamOvernight Defense: US moving missile defense system to South Korea | Dems want justification for Syria strike | Army pick pushes back against critics of LGBT record Graham: There are 'no good choices left' with North Korea Graham: North Korea shouldn't underestimate Trump 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 SessionsTrump and Sessions peddle fear instead of solutions to crime Senate votes to confirm Rosenstein as deputy attorney general C-SPAN to air Trump travel ban arguments live 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.