Second Senate committee invites Comey to publicly testify
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The Senate Judiciary Committee is inviting former FBI Director James Comey to publicly testify in the wake of President Trump's decision to fire him. 

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinGrassley: Comey must say if FBI investigated Sessions Grassley doesn't see how Judiciary 'can avoid' obstruction probe Senators grill Perry on Yucca nuclear storage plans MORE (D-Calif.), the top two members on the committee, sent Comey a letter on Wednesday inviting him to testify about the investigation into Russia's election interference and a now-closed probe of former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonOvernight Cybersecurity: Trump tweetstorm on Russia probe | White House reportedly pushing to weaken sanctions bill | Podesta to testify before House Intel OPINION: Trump’s bluff: Perfectly legal Trump supporter buys billboard slamming ABC News over Russia scandal coverage MORE's use of a private email server. 
 
"We invite you to testify at a public hearing of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary regarding the circumstances of your termination as director of the FBI and your interactions with Trump and Obama administration officials regarding the FBI's Russia investigation and Clinton email investigation," they wrote. 
 
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According to the letter, a time and a date have not been set for the hearing. 
 
Feinstein also announced the decision on Twitter. 
Her tweet comes after members of the Judiciary Committee told reporters earlier Wednesday that their panel would extend an invitation to Comey. 

"From a jurisdiction point of view, anything dealing with the FBI and crimes should come before our committee," Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamThe Hill's Whip List: Senate ObamaCare repeal bill Judiciary Committee to continue Russia probe after Mueller meeting Why does Paul Ryan want to punish American consumers? MORE (R-S.C.), who heads a Judiciary subcommittee, told reporters. 

Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseJudiciary Committee to continue Russia probe after Mueller meeting GOP hits the gas on ObamaCare repeal Dems limited in their ability to slow ObamaCare vote MORE (D-R.I.) also told reporters that Grassley would issue an invitation to Comey to testify before the committee.

In addition to requesting that Comey testify, Whitehouse, Graham, Feinstein and Grassley sent a letter to Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe asking for any Comey memos from his Russia and Clinton investigations that detail his talks with top Trump and Obama administration officials, including Trump, former President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaOvernight Cybersecurity: Trump tweetstorm on Russia probe | White House reportedly pushing to weaken sanctions bill | Podesta to testify before House Intel OPINION: Trump’s bluff: Perfectly legal Overnight Regulation: Senate Banking panel huddles with regulators on bank relief | FCC proposes 2M fine on robocaller | Yellowstone grizzly loses endangered protection MORE, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. 

They also want White House counsel Donald McGahn to hand over any recordings tied to "the FBI’s investigation of alleged ties between President Trump’s associates and Russia, or the Clinton email investigation, including all audio recordings, transcripts, notes, summaries, and memoranda."

Trump's decision to fire Comey took Washington by surprise and sparked a series of political headaches for the White House. 

Trump hinted late last week that there could be "tapes" of his conversations with Comey. The New York Times reported on Tuesday that, according to a memo from Comey, Trump asked him to quash an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. 

But it's also left Comey in high demand with lawmakers. 

The Senate Intelligence Committee and House Oversight Committee also want Comey to testify. 

"It looks like there's a little competition for jurisdiction, but truthfully both the Judiciary Committee and the Intelligence Committee have some say in all of that, so I'm sure he'll get plenty of opportunities to come in and talk," said Sen. John CornynJohn CornynLawmakers want meeting with Trump administration to take US-Mexico border trade Rocky rollout for Senate healthcare bill The Hill's Whip List: Senate ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (R-Texas), who is a member of both committees, when asked about an invitation from Grassley. 

Sens. Mark WarnerMark WarnerDonna Brazile: Congress has duty to halt Trump on Russia sanctions Lawmakers told of growing cyber threat to election systems DHS official: Russia targeted election-related systems in 21 states MORE (D-Va.) and Richard BurrRichard BurrOvernight Tech: Uber CEO resigns | Trump's Iowa tech trip | Dems push Sessions to block AT&T-Time Warner deal | Lawmakers warned on threat to election systems | Overnight Cybersecurity: Obama DHS chief defends Russian hack response | Trump huddles on grid security | Lawmakers warned about cyber threat to election systems Lawmakers told of growing cyber threat to election systems MORE (R-N.C.) announced earlier Wednesday that they had sent a letter to Comey offering an open committee hearing, after he turned down their initial request to testify in a closed meeting.