Second Senate panel to invite Comey to testify
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Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday that the panel will invite former FBI Director James Comey to testify in the wake of his firing, following a similar invitation from the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDHS chief takes heat over Trump furor Overnight Defense: GOP chair blames Dems for defense budget holdup | FDA, Pentagon to speed approval of battlefield drugs | Mattis calls North Korea situation 'sobering' Bipartisan group to introduce DACA bill in House MORE (R-S.C.) and Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseSenate Finance Dems want more transparency on trade from Trump Trump, Kushner meet with advocates on prison reform Democrats search for Russians — any Russians — for collusion story MORE (D-R.I.) — who oversee a Judiciary subcommittee investigating Russia's interference in the presidential election — told reporters that Comey would be asked to appear before the full committee.

"I don't care if he appears before the Intel Committee ... [but] from a jurisdiction point of view, anything dealing with the FBI and crimes should come before our committee," Graham told reporters.

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Graham said that he's already "informally" invited Comey to appear before his subcommittee. The South Carolina Republican added that he, Whitehouse and Sens. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGOP senators eager for Romney to join them Five hurdles to a big DACA and border deal Grand jury indicts Maryland executive in Uranium One deal: report MORE (R-Iowa) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDHS chief takes heat over Trump furor NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Democrats will need to explain if they shut government down over illegal immigration MORE (D-Calif.) will send a joint letter inviting Comey before the full Judiciary Committee.

Whitehouse also told reporters that Grassley would issue an invitation to Comey to testify before the committee.

Graham and Whitehouse's comments come after Feinstein told reporters that she and Grassley had "spoken" about an invitation to the former FBI director.

"We've discussed it, and I know he's thinking about it," she said.

A spokesman for Grassley didn't immediately respond to request for comment.

The Senate Intelligence Committee had already requested that Comey testify after he turned down their invitation for a closed session.

Lawmakers are hoping Comey will be able to provide clarity on his firing, the investigation into Russia's election meddling and allegations that Trump pressured him to end the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.