Second Senate committee invites Comey to publicly testify
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The Senate Judiciary Committee is inviting former FBI Director James Comey to publicly testify in the wake of President Trump's decision to fire him. 

 
"We invite you to testify at a public hearing of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary regarding the circumstances of your termination as director of the FBI and your interactions with Trump and Obama administration officials regarding the FBI's Russia investigation and Clinton email investigation," they wrote. 
 
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According to the letter, a time and a date have not been set for the hearing. 
 
Feinstein also announced the decision on Twitter. 
Her tweet comes after members of the Judiciary Committee told reporters earlier Wednesday that their panel would extend an invitation to Comey. 

"From a jurisdiction point of view, anything dealing with the FBI and crimes should come before our committee," Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid Graham warns Trump on Taliban deal in Afghanistan: Learn from 'Obama's mistakes' Appropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid MORE (R-S.C.), who heads a Judiciary subcommittee, told reporters. 

Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseSenate Democrats push Trump to permanently shutter migrant detention facility To cash in on innovation, remove market barriers for advanced energy technologies Democrats give cold shoulder to Warren wealth tax MORE (D-R.I.) also told reporters that Grassley would issue an invitation to Comey to testify before the committee.

In addition to requesting that Comey testify, Whitehouse, Graham, Feinstein and Grassley sent a letter to Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe asking for any Comey memos from his Russia and Clinton investigations that detail his talks with top Trump and Obama administration officials, including Trump, former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein Obama3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 Obama's high school basketball jersey sells for 0,000 at auction Dirty little wars and the law: Did Osama bin Laden win? MORE, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. 

They also want White House counsel Donald McGahn to hand over any recordings tied to "the FBI’s investigation of alleged ties between President Trump’s associates and Russia, or the Clinton email investigation, including all audio recordings, transcripts, notes, summaries, and memoranda."

Trump's decision to fire Comey took Washington by surprise and sparked a series of political headaches for the White House. 

Trump hinted late last week that there could be "tapes" of his conversations with Comey. The New York Times reported on Tuesday that, according to a memo from Comey, Trump asked him to quash an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. 

But it's also left Comey in high demand with lawmakers. 

The Senate Intelligence Committee and House Oversight Committee also want Comey to testify. 

"It looks like there's a little competition for jurisdiction, but truthfully both the Judiciary Committee and the Intelligence Committee have some say in all of that, so I'm sure he'll get plenty of opportunities to come in and talk," said Sen. John CornynJohn CornynThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters Democrats keen to take on Cornyn despite formidable challenges The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape MORE (R-Texas), who is a member of both committees, when asked about an invitation from Grassley. 

Sens. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerFacebook users in lawsuit say company failed to warn them of known risks before 2018 breach New intel chief inherits host of challenges Overnight Defense: US, Russia tensions grow over nuclear arms | Highlights from Esper's Asia trip | Trump strikes neutral tone on Hong Kong protests | General orders ethics review of special forces MORE (D-Va.) and Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrHoekstra emerges as favorite for top intelligence post Trump casts uncertainty over top intelligence role Trump withdraws Ratcliffe as Intelligence pick MORE (R-N.C.) announced earlier Wednesday that they had sent a letter to Comey offering an open committee hearing, after he turned down their initial request to testify in a closed meeting.