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 Emiel FeinsteinDems call for action against Cassidy-Graham ObamaCare repeal Feinstein pushes back on Trump’s N. Korea policy Feinstein on reelection bid: ‘We will see’ 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 Diane Rodham ClintonBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Overnight Tech: Equifax hit by earlier undisclosed hack | Facebook takes heat over Russian ads | Alt-right Twitter rival may lose domain 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. 
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 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.), who heads a Judiciary subcommittee, told reporters. 

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.) 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 Hussein ObamaGOP rep: North Korea wants Iran-type nuclear deal Dems fear lasting damage from Clinton-Sanders fight Iran's president warns US will pay 'high cost' if Trump ditches nuclear deal 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 CornynNew GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Week ahead: Senators near deal to stabilize ObamaCare markets GOP eying 'blue slip' break to help Trump fill the courts MORE (R-Texas), who is a member of both committees, when asked about an invitation from Grassley. 

Sens. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerOvernight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Overnight Tech: Equifax hit by earlier undisclosed hack | Facebook takes heat over Russian ads | Alt-right Twitter rival may lose domain Facebook under fire over Russian ads in election MORE (D-Va.) and Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrLawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program Facebook under fire over Russian ads in election 5 senators call for US to shutter embassy in Havana 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.