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Senate Dems Eager to Grill Comey on Russia, Clinton Emails

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By    |   Wednesday, 03 May 2017 10:14 AM

FBI Director James Comey, who has turned into an almost equally divisive figure for Republicans and Democrats for his impact on the presidential elections, is testifying on Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, CNN reported.

Although committee chairman Chuck Grassley originally called the oversight hearing of the FBI to examine another subject, the focus is expected to shift to the agency's probe into Russian meddling in the elections, a subject which has already generated four congressional probes that are in progress.

"The most important investigation the FBI is currently conducting is into Russia's interference in our last presidential election," Democratic Sen. Chris Coons told CNN.

"This isn't just about understanding Russian interference and potential coordination of some kind with the Trump campaign. This is about defending our next election as well."

Senate Democrats also say they plan to grill Comey about his decision to look into Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's emails again just days before the election.

"The American people really deserve answers about why he did release his comments and letter, and I think he may want to be more forthcoming and he may want to use this forum as an opportunity to tell the American people his side of the story," Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal said.

Republicans were also angry at Comey for his public announcement during a March House Intelligence Committee hearing that the FBI has been probing possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives since last July.

Comey is also expected to have a closed-door meeting with the House Intelligence Committee later this week.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is leading another investigation into Russia's meddling in the election, said he wants Comey to finally answer a question he asked months ago — whether the FBI issued any warrants against the Trump campaign, "and if we can't do it in an open session, let's do it in a closed session."

And Grassley, also a Republican, has been pressing through a series of letters to know the relationship between the FBI and British spy Christopher Steele, who wrote the controversial dossier containing unverified allegations of ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials published by BuzzFeed in February.

This comes as CBS News reported that former acting Attorney General Sally Yates is expected to testify next week before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee that she gave a stern warning to the White House regarding then-national security adviser Michael Flynn and his conversations with the Russians some three weeks before he was fired, which contradicts the Trump administration's version of events.

Yates was originally scheduled to testify last month, but that appearance before the House Intelligence Committee was abruptly canceled a few days before by then-Chairman Devin Nunes.

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FBI Director James Comey, who has turned into an almost equally divisive figure for Republicans and Democrats for his impact on the presidential elections, is testifying on Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, CNN reported.
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