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Graham: Comey to testify about FBI's Russia probe, Mueller declined invitation

Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyJohn Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Trump DOJ officials sought to block search of Giuliani records: report Tina Fey, Amy Poehler to host Golden Globes from separate coasts amid pandemic MORE will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 30 about the bureau's investigation into Russia's election meddling and the Trump campaign, according to Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamJohn Boehner tells Cruz to 'go f--- yourself' in unscripted audiobook asides: report Parliamentarian nixes minimum wage hike in coronavirus bill McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE (R-S.C.).

“The day of reckoning is upon us. ... James Comey has agreed to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee,” Graham told Fox News. “He will be respectfully treated but asked hard questions.”

Graham said the committee staff is still negotiating with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeJohn Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Carter Page sues over surveillance related to Russia probe McCabe defends investigation of Trump before Senate committee: We had 'many reasons' MORE to try to get his testimony without a subpoena.

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Former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE has declined to testify before the committee about his approximately two-year investigation, Graham added.

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee had pushed for Mueller to testify, arguing that if Republicans are going to probe the FBI’s Russia investigation and Mueller’s subsequent investigation, the former special counsel should be able to come and explain and defend his work to the committee.

Getting Comey to testify marks a step forward for Graham, who has pledged for months that he would force the former director to testify in September and has been under pressure from conservatives to move faster.

Graham is months into an investigation digging into the Russia probe and the courts created by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Comey previously testified publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2017 and spoke with two House committees behind closed doors in 2018.