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Dianne Feinstein Calls For Hearings Over Comey Firing

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By    |   Friday, 12 May 2017 10:17 PM

The top Democrat on the Senate's Judiciary Committee, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, called for hearings on why President Donald Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey, The Hill reported Friday.

“President Trump and the White House have presented an ever-changing narrative on the rationale for the firing of FBI Director Comey. This triggers a need for the Judiciary Committee to hold hearings and get to the bottom of this," Feinstein said in a statement.

Feinstein said her list of questions would include "whether the FBI director was fired to disrupt an investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election."

Another question was whether Trump discussed the FBI investigation into Russian interference and also if the president asked if he was the subject of an investigation.

"It’s highly inappropriate for the president to ask the FBI director about an ongoing investigation. It’s even more inappropriate for the president to ask the FBI director about whether he is a target of that investigation," Feinstein said on Friday.

She also wanted to know if Trump asked Comey to "pledge his loyalty," whether officials asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to explain a justification for firing Comey and if there was any involvement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Trump said he did not ask Comey to pledge his loyalty, but in an interview with Fox News' Jeanine Pirro that will air Saturday he said he didn't think it would be "a bad question to ask."

Hearings on the matter would not take place unless the committee's chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, called for them. Grassley's office did not respond to comment on the matter, the article explained.

Rosenstein is expected to go before the entire Senate to brief them on the matter next week, and both Feinstein and Grassley have asked Rosenstein and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to appear before the Judiciary Committee.

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The top Democrat on the Senate's Judiciary Committee, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, called for hearings on why President Donald Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey, The Hill reported Friday.
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