Second Senate panel to invite Comey to testify
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Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday that the panel will invite former FBI Director James Comey to testify in the wake of his firing, following a similar invitation from the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThreat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Graham urges Trump not to abandon infrastructure talks with Democrats Congress, White House near deal on spending, debt limit MORE (R-S.C.) and Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseOvernight Energy: EPA watchdog finds Pruitt spent 4K on 'excessive' travel | Agency defends Pruitt expenses | Lawmakers push EPA to recover money | Inslee proposes spending T for green jobs Lawmakers take EPA head to task for refusing to demand Pruitt repay travel expenses Dems request investigation of lobbyist-turned-EPA employee who met with former boss MORE (D-R.I.) — who oversee a Judiciary subcommittee investigating Russia's interference in the presidential election — told reporters that Comey would be asked to appear before the full committee.

"I don't care if he appears before the Intel Committee ... [but] from a jurisdiction point of view, anything dealing with the FBI and crimes should come before our committee," Graham told reporters.

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Graham said that he's already "informally" invited Comey to appear before his subcommittee. The South Carolina Republican added that he, Whitehouse and Sens. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyThreat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Trump mulling visit to ethanol refinery later this month: report Nursing home care: A growing crisis for an aging America  MORE (R-Iowa) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general This week: Democrats, White House set for infrastructure, budget talks MORE (D-Calif.) will send a joint letter inviting Comey before the full Judiciary Committee.

Whitehouse also told reporters that Grassley would issue an invitation to Comey to testify before the committee.

Graham and Whitehouse's comments come after Feinstein told reporters that she and Grassley had "spoken" about an invitation to the former FBI director.

"We've discussed it, and I know he's thinking about it," she said.

A spokesman for Grassley didn't immediately respond to request for comment.

The Senate Intelligence Committee had already requested that Comey testify after he turned down their invitation for a closed session.

Lawmakers are hoping Comey will be able to provide clarity on his firing, the investigation into Russia's election meddling and allegations that Trump pressured him to end the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.