Feinstein: Democrats will support subpoenaing Comey
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinGraham gets frustrated in public ‘unmasking’ debate Dem senators urged Obama to take action on Russia before election Senate panel questions Lynch on alleged FBI interference MORE (D-Calif.) said Democrats on the Judiciary Committee will support subpoenaing James Comey to testify if needed, arguing it is crucial for the former FBI director to come before the panel. 

Feinstein sent a letter Thursday to Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyOvernight Cybersecurity: New ransomware attack spreads globally | US pharma giant hit | House intel panel interviews Podesta | US, Kenya deepen cyber partnership GOP chairman wants 'robust' tax reform process in the Senate Senate Dems plan floor protest ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote MORE (R-Iowa), the chairman of the committee, saying they are on the same page about the need for Comey to testify before their committee, which has oversight of the FBI. 
 
"We unanimously believe that Director Comey should testify before our Committee regarding serious concerns that have been raised about political interference with FBI investigations and possible obstruction of justice. ... Be assured my Democratic colleagues are supportive of issuing a subpoena should it become necessary," Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, wrote. 
 
Feinstein and Grassley previously invited Comey to testify before their panel about Russian election interference and former secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonBrooks’s prior attacks on Trump could hurt in Alabama Senate race Pro-Trump group pulls ads targeting GOP senator on ObamaCare repeal Stone to testify before House Intel Committee next month MORE's use of a private email server. He declined and met with the Intelligence Committee instead. 
 
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She added on Thursday that she was "disappointed" with that decision and said if he wouldn't reconsider, the "committee should take steps to compel his attendance." 
 
Feinstein told The Hill last week that she supported subpoenaing Comey, noting at the time that she and Grassley had discussed the issue. 
 
Some other Democrats on the committee, however, have not specifically backed a subpoena, though they have stressed they want to hear from the former FBI director. 
 
The Judiciary Committee can issue a subpoena either when Grassley and Feinstein have an agreement or by a vote of the full committee, according to the committee's rules. 
 
Feinstein added in her letter that Attorney General Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsBrooks’s prior attacks on Trump could hurt in Alabama Senate race McCaskill attended reception at Russian ambassador's residence in 2015 Sessions: Supreme Court travel ban order a victory for separation of powers MORE should also testify before the committee before lawmakers leave town at the end of July for a monthlong recess. 
 
In addition to questions about Justice Department policy, Feinstein said there are "unanswered questions about the attorney general’s prior testimony before the Committee and his role in firing Director Comey." 
 
Feinstein also wants the committee, or in some cases committee staff, to meet with a slate of officials including acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Dana Boente, who was temporarily acting attorney general, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and "any others associated with the Department who have information relevant to this inquiry." 

"We should also have [Director of National Intelligence Dan] Coats and [National Security Agency] Director [Mike] Rogers before the Judiciary Committee to follow up on whether the President asked either to influence the FBI’s ongoing investigations into Russian interference with the U.S. presidential election," Feinstein wrote.