Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocratic frustration with Sinema rises Schumer endorses democratic socialist India Walton in Buffalo mayor's race Guns Down America's leader says Biden 'has simply not done enough' on gun control MORE (D-N.Y.) is publicly urging James Comey to speak with the Senate Judiciary Committee, in addition to the former FBI director's scheduled Thursday appearance before Congress.
"I would expect that Mr. Comey's appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee will not be his last appearance before Congress. I know the Senate Judiciary Committee has made a similar request of Mr. Comey," Schumer said on Monday.
"I support their request, and I hope he will go before them as well."
Comey is scheduled to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, a headline-grabbing event that will mark his first public comments since President Trump made the surprise decision to fire him in early May.
Schumer, as the Senate's top Democrat, is an ex-officio member of the panel. He said he's glad Comey has agreed to testify in a public setting.
"I hope that he's as forthcoming as possible. Transparency and openness is absolutely vital if we're going to get to the bottom of the events of the past few months. And knowing James Comey a little bit, transparency and openness have always been his way," Schumer said.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has also requested that Comey meet with its members as the two committees run separate, though at times overlapping, investigations into Russia's election interference.
Sens. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyAnother voice of reason retires Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — FDA moves to sell hearing aids over-the-counter McConnell: GOP should focus on future, not 'rehash' 2020 MORE (R-Iowa) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel Feinstein Ban on new offshore drilling must stay in the Build Back Better Act Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair Jane Fonda to push for end to offshore oil drilling in California MORE (D-Calif.), the top two members of the Judiciary Committee, have been critical of Comey for declining that invitation while agreeing to speak with the Intelligence panel, of which Feinstein is also a member.