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 GrahamGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Overnight Defense: Trump's Syria envoy wasn't consulted on withdrawal | McConnell offers resolution urging Trump to rethink Syria | Diplomat says Ukraine aid was tied to political investigations Partisan squabbles endanger congressional response to Trump's course on Syria MORE (R-S.C.) and Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDemocrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort The Hill's Morning Report - Tempers boil over at the White House Democrats urge Rick Perry not to roll back lightbulb efficiency rules 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 GrassleyMulvaney faces uncertain future after public gaffes State cites 38 people for violations in Clinton email review Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings MORE (R-Iowa) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenate Democrats want Warren to talk costs on 'Medicare for All' Khashoggi fiancée meets with lawmakers seeking 'justice and accountability' for his slaying Schiff should consider using RICO framework to organize impeachment 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.