Grassley doesn't see how Judiciary 'can avoid' obstruction probe

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyFord lawyer proposes testifying next Thursday Yale Law School dean responds to reports that Kavanaugh hired women with 'certain look' Kavanaugh tells Senate panel: I want a hearing to 'clear my name' MORE (R-Iowa) told CNN on Wednesday that the Senate Judiciary Committee will likely investigate whether President Trump obstructed justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey.

Asked by CNN's Manu Raju if the obstruction probe was one of the areas that the committee could investigate without conflicting with other Senate and House committees, Grassley replied, "I think that everything's on the table."

Grassley also hinted in an earlier interview with Politico that obstruction of justice would be one of the areas his committee would pursue.

“I don’t want to say for sure. But I don’t know how you can avoid it,” Grassley told Politico regarding the possibility of an obstruction probe. “Because the FBI was investigating it before there was a special counsel.”

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Grassley and fellow Judiciary Committee member Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFeinstein's office says it has received threats over Kavanaugh Dem senator praises Ford opening the door to testifying The chaos in the Kavanaugh nomination illustrates the high stakes of the Supreme Court MORE (D-Calif.) met with special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday to ensure that their investigations weren't conflicting with the special counsel's investigation.

Last week, Grassley said the investigation into Comey's firing was a perfect fit for the Judiciary Committee.

“It fits in with the way we do oversight,” he said. "I can’t look at whether the president is a Republican or a Democrat. My constitutional responsibility of oversight stays the same.”

Other Senate Republicans disagree. Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchDem vows to probe 'why the FBI stood down' on Kavanaugh Senate Democrats increase pressure for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh Grand Staircase-Escalante: A conservation triumph is headed for future as playground for industry MORE (R-Utah), who also sits on the Judiciary Committee, seemed to push back at Grassley on Friday.

“I’m sure it’s being pushed rather hard by Democrats, because I don’t know one Republican pushing that,” Hatch said of an investigation into Comey’s firing. “It’s not that they don’t want to have an investigation; they don’t see a need for it.”