Senate Dems: Investigate any obstruction of justice on Comey, Russia

Greg Nash
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is calling on the Judiciary Committee to investigate possible obstruction of justice in the ongoing controversy over President Trump’s firing FBI director James Comey, including subpoenaing officials to testify if they don’t cooperate. 
“It is my strong recommendation that the Judiciary Committee investigate all issues that raise a question of obstruction of justice. These issues should be … subject to full committee hearings,” Feinstein wrote in a letter Friday to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the committee. 
Feinstein, the top Democrat on the committee, added that she and Grassley agree that “termination of the FBI director and any efforts to interfere with the independence of ongoing investigations” are the jurisdiction of their committee. 
Feinstein’s request was quickly backed by Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who is also a member of the Judiciary Committee. 
Feinstein—noting that some officials, including Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and NSA Director Mike Rogers, have been unresponsive—added that she would support backing up their requests with subpoenas.  
“As I have mentioned to you directly, I am supportive of issuing subpoenas in those cases where we do not receive cooperation,” she wrote. 
Feinstein said separately this week that she is supportive of subpoenaing Comey himself after he refused to voluntarily appear before the Judiciary Committee. 
The Senate Judiciary Committee is already investigating Russia’s election meddling, including potential ties between Trump campaign officials and Moscow, as well as Comey’s firing. 
Feinstein also outlined a handful of areas that the committee needed to look into, including hearing from individuals Comey mentioned during his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, and figuring out if Trump asked Coats or Rogers “to take any action” on the Russia investigation. 
She also wants to know if Attorney General Jeff Sessions or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein knew of Comey’s concerns about the president when they discussed firing him with Trump.  
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