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 GrahamDurbin: I had 'nothing to do' with Curbelo snub Republicans jockey for position on immigration Overnight Health Care: House passes 20-week abortion ban | GOP gives ground over ObamaCare fix | Price exit sets off speculation over replacement MORE (R-S.C.) and Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDem senator: 'How many lives must be lost before we act?' Sen. Manchin won’t vote for Trump’s mine safety nominee Overnight Regulation: SEC chief grilled over hack | Dems urge Labor chief to keep Obama overtime rule | Russia threatens Facebook over data storage law 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 GrassleyRepublicans jockey for position on immigration House clears bill to combat crimes against elderly Grassley: DACA deal wouldn't need border wall funding MORE (R-Iowa) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGun proposal picks up GOP support Gingrich: Banning rapid fire gun modification is ‘common sense’ House bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance 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.