Key Senate Democrat wants hearings on Comey firing
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGOP's Kennedy sends warning shot to Trump nominee Menashi Democratic senators quietly hope Biden wins over rivals Grassley: Kavanaugh classmate didn't contact Senate panel MORE (D-Calif.) on Friday requested that the Judiciary Committee hold hearings on President Trump's decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey.  

“President Trump and the White House have presented an ever-changing narrative on the rationale for the firing of FBI Director Comey. This triggers a need for the Judiciary Committee to hold hearings and get to the bottom of this," Feinstein said in a statement. 
 
She said Americans "need to know whether the FBI director was fired to disrupt an investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election." 
 
Feinstein, the committee's top Democrat, outlined the questions she wants discussed in the committee's public hearings, including whether Trump discussed with Comey the FBI's investigation into Russia's election interference and whether the president asked if he was the target of the investigation.
 
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Feinstein also wants the hearings to dig into whether Trump asked Comey to "pledge his loyalty," if Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was asked to come up with a justification for firing Comey, and what role Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDemocrats press Nadler to hold Lewandowski in contempt Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Democrats bicker over strategy on impeachment MORE played in the decision. 
 
 
Rosenstein is expected to brief the full Senate next week regarding his role in Comey's firing. Feinstein and Grassley have also requested that either Rosenstein or Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, or both, brief the Judiciary Committee. 
 
The White House initially cited a memo from Rosenstein as the basis for firing Comey. Trump, however, told NBC on Thursday that he was prepared to fire Comey regardless of what the DOJ recommended. 
 
Trump also told NBC that he asked Comey if he was under investigation and said the then-FBI director told him that he wasn't the subject of the bureau's probe. The investigation encompasses allegations of potential contact between Trump officials and Moscow. 
 
"It’s highly inappropriate for the president to ask the FBI director about an ongoing investigation. It’s even more inappropriate for the president to ask the FBI director about whether he is a target of that investigation," Feinstein said on Friday. 
 
Trump wrote in a publicly released letter that Comey told him three times that he wasn't under an investigation—a claim that has sparked skepticism throughout Washington. 
 
The president denied that he asked Comey to pledge his loyalty but added during a Fox News interview that "I don't think it would be a bad question to ask."