Judiciary Committee to continue Russia probe after Mueller meeting

Judiciary Committee to continue Russia probe after Mueller meeting
© Greg Nash

Top members of the Judiciary Committee indicated Wednesday that they will move forward with their own investigation into Russia's election meddling, after meeting with special counsel Robert Mueller.

"We appreciate Special Counsel Mueller’s willingness to meet with us, and both parties have committed to keeping an open dialogue as we proceed," Sens. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyBarrett confirmation stokes Democrats' fears over ObamaCare On The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Grassley: Voters should be skeptical of Biden's pledge to not raise middle class taxes MORE (R-Iowa), Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinPence seeks to lift GOP in battle for Senate McConnell and Schumer's relationship shredded after court brawl Murkowski predicts Barrett won't overturn Roe v. Wade MORE (D-Calif.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Election night could be a bit messy The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, Biden blitz battleground states Late donor surges push election spending projections to new heights MORE (R-S.C.) and Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDemocrats warn GOP will regret Barrett confirmation GOP Senate confirms Trump Supreme Court pick to succeed Ginsburg Senators battle over Supreme Court nominee in rare Saturday session MORE (D-R.I.) said in a joint statement after the meeting. 

They added that they had a "very productive discussion" on how their respective investigations "can proceed without impeding the other." 


Senators were largely tightlipped earlier Wednesday, upon leaving the meeting with Mueller, noting they would be releasing a joint statement. 

Mueller has been meeting with lawmakers this week to map out boundary lines of the several ongoing investigations. 

He met with the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday evening. 

Mueller, a former FBI director, is in charge of the FBI-Department of Justice investigation into Russia's election meddling, including potential ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow. He's also investigating President Trump for potential obstruction of justice, according to The Washington Post. 

Meanwhile, a Judiciary subcommittee overseen by Graham and Whitehouse is digging into Russia's election interference. 

The full committee is also looking into former FBI Director James Comey's firing, potential contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow, and any moves by the Justice Department — in the Obama and Trump administrations — to interfere with FBI investigations.