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. 

 
"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 Olin GrahamRetired English teacher corrects letter from Trump and sends it back to White House Graham: Trump 'probably' shouldn't call use of FBI informant 'spygate' Graham on canceled summit: Trump thought North Korea was ‘playing him’ MORE (R-S.C.), who heads a Judiciary subcommittee, told reporters. 

Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseSenate Dems to Mnuchin: Don't index capital gains to inflation EPA extends comment period on controversial science transparency rule House easily passes prison reform bill backed by Trump 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 ObamaFormer GOP lawmaker says Obama got elected because he was black To woo black voters in Georgia, Dems need to change their course of action 2018 midterms: The blue wave or a red dawn? 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 CornynRepublican leader: ‘For all practical purposes’ there’s no difference between an FBI informant and a spy Schumer: Congress must stop reported ZTE deal 'in its tracks' Hillicon Valley: Experts worry North Korea will retaliate with hacks over summit | FBI works to disrupt Russian botnet | Trump officials look to quell anger over ZTE | Obama makes case for tighter regs on tech MORE (R-Texas), who is a member of both committees, when asked about an invitation from Grassley. 

Sens. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — The art of walking away from the deal Giuliani: Trump asked White House lawyer to go to Russia briefings Top Intel Dems denounce presence of Trump lawyer at classified briefings MORE (D-Va.) and Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrConservatives leery of FBI deal on informant Senate confirms Haspel to head CIA The Hill's Morning Report: Mueller probe hits one-year mark 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.