FBI Director Comey to brief top senators on Russia Wednesday
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FBI Director James Comey is meeting with the top members of the Senate Judiciary Committee amid demands that the bureau say if it is investigating any ties between Moscow and the Trump campaign. 
 
 
"I've been told that I'll have a briefing this afternoon," Grassley told reporters when asked about reports that Comey was expected to clarify any investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia by Wednesday. 
 
Grassley added that he hadn't heard about the Wednesday deadline. 
 
Asked if she was getting a briefing with Grassley on Russia later Wednesday, Feinstein — the committee's top Democrat — told reporters "yeah, we're supposed to get a briefing." 
 
A spokeswoman for Grassley confirmed that the two senators will be briefed by Comey. 
 
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The closed-door meeting comes less than a day after Grassley said he was blocking Rod Rosenstein's nomination to serve in the No. 2 role at the Department of Justice until he is briefed on Russia. 

"Here's what we've done: The Justice Department would like to get their deputy out of committee just as soon as they can. But I will not schedule a hearing on the Deputy Attorney General [Rod Rosenstein] until we get a briefing from Comey," Grassley told reporters, according to Talking Points Memo

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing for Rosenstein last week but hasn't yet voted on the nomination. As chairman of the committee, Grassley can effectively hold up the nomination by refusing to schedule a committee vote. 

The two senators also requested a briefing last month about the circumstances that lead up to Michael Flynn's resignation as President Trump's national security adviser. 

They released a letter in February also requesting any transcripts of Flynn's calls with the Russian ambassador and the FBI summary of the calls. 

Separately, Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSunday shows preview: 2020 candidates look to South Carolina Where do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Barr to attend Senate GOP lunch on Tuesday MORE (R-S.C.) and Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDemocratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe Democrats pan Trump's budget proposal as 'dead on arrival' Trump unveils .8 trillion budget that backtracks on deal with Congress MORE (D-R.I.) — who oversee a Judiciary subcommittee on crime and terrorism — are threatening to subpoena any warrant applications or court documents tied to a potential wiretap of the Trump campaign. 

"He hasn't answered that letter. If he doesn't answer it today I'm going to go to the chairman of the committee, Senator Grassley, and seek his support to subpoena," Graham said during a Fox News radio interview. 
 
It's unclear if Comey ever pledged to respond to their letter by Wednesday. 

Whitehouse reiterated to CNN on Wednesday that Comey said he would respond to them by Wednesday, but Graham separately told reporters that the FBI director never said he would respond. 

"The only thing he can be assured of is if they don't answer my letter, the committee as a whole, I think, will subpoena the documents and I will stay on them to disclose whether or not there's a criminal investigation," Graham told reporters.
 
In addition to Graham and Whitehouse's panel, the House and Senate Intelligence committees are investigating Russia's meddling in the White House race and any ties to the Trump campaign. 
 
Comey briefed the top members of the Senate committee — Sens. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrTrump's new intel chief makes immediate changes, ousts top official Intel officials warned House lawmakers Russia is interfering to get Trump reelected: NYT Pelosi joins pressure campaign on Huawei MORE (R-N.C.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerTrump's Intel moves spark Democratic fury Where do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Hillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter split on Bloomberg video | Sanders briefed on Russian efforts to help campaign | Barr to meet with Republicans ahead of surveillance fight MORE (D-Va.) — as well as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSanders is a risk, not a winner Buttigieg sounds alarm after Sanders wins Nevada Where do we go from here? Conservation can show the way MORE (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerWhite House preparing to ask Congress for funds to combat coronavirus: report Schumer cites security, DHS ban in questioning TSA use of TikTok Russian interference reports rock Capitol Hill MORE (D-N.Y.) last week. He also briefed the entire Senate Intelligence Committee last month.