Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., demanded the Senate Judiciary Committee hold a hearing to review President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, the Washington Examiner reported.
"If the reason for firing Comey was because of his handling of the (Hillary) Clinton investigation, why now?" she said during a meeting of the panel on Wednesday.
"The decision to fire Comey raises questions about the appropriateness and timing of firing the person in charge of an investigation that could, I won't say would, but could implicate the administration," she added referring to the ongoing probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
"To have this happen and to happen now is beyond surprising."
She said the committee should call Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe as witnesses. She said the two should testify "what steps are being taken to ensure this action will have no impact on the work of the FBI on the ongoing investigation."
The Hill reported the committee meeting ended after word spread that Feinstein, who is the ranking Democrat on the panel, was going to try to shut down the hearing in retaliation for Comey's firing.
The hearing had been scheduled to examine the administration's nominees for solicitor general and two assistant attorney generals.
Democrats were planning to use a Senate rule to end the hearing after an hour, according to the website. The rule is designed to stop hearings from going two hours past the Senate's convening, The Hill reported.
However, the rule is usually waived, the website said.
Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, adjourned the meeting after an hour before Feinstein and her Democratic colleagues could execute their plan, according to The Hill.
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