GOP senator threatens to subpoena Comey
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Sen. 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) is opening the door to summoning James Comey to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee after the former FBI director declined an invitation.
"Under our rules on our committee, if Sen. [Dianne] Feinstein [D-Calif.] would agree to subpoena, I would," Grassley, the chairman of the committee, told CNN on Wednesday.
A spokesman for Feinstein said later Wednesday that she supports subpoenaing Comey to testify before the Judiciary Committee.
Comey is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, making his first public comments since he was fired by President Trump last month. His opening statement was released Wednesday ahead of his hearing, providing meticulous details of his past conversations with Trump.
Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrDemocratic incumbents bolster fundraising advantage in key Senate races McConnell gets GOP wake-up call Senate approves short-term debt ceiling increase MORE (R-N.C.), the chairman of the intelligence panel questioning the ousted FBI chief, told reporters that he anticipated Thursday's hearing will be the only time Comey appears before Congress.
But members of the Judiciary Committee are continuing to demand that Comey also come before their panel, which has oversight of the FBI.
Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerFixing Congress requires fixing how it legislates Beware the tea party of the left Bottom line MORE (D-N.Y.) has repeatedly voiced support this week for Comey to also speak before the second Senate panel.
"I hope Comey will come to the Judiciary Committee after he comes to Intelligence," Schumer told reporters during a weekly leadership press conference.
The two committees are conducting separate investigations into Russia's election meddling, including potential ties between Trump officials and Moscow. They've recently made a series of overlapping requests, including that Comey appear before their committees.
Feinstein told PBS after Comey declined the Judiciary Committee's invitation that she believed he still needed to testify before the panel.
“I think we perhaps need to do more than just invite [Comey]. I think it’s important that he come before the Oversight Committee ... and at least do us the courtesy of appearing and that we should be able to look at his material and ask questions about them,” Feinstein told PBS.
Updated: 5:37 p.m.