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Grassley, Feinstein 'Disappointed' Comey Won't Testify for Panel

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By    |   Friday, 19 May 2017 09:04 PM

Not everyone on Capitol Hill is happy that former FBI Director James Comey will testify in front of a Senate panel.

After news broke that Comey will answer questions in an open format during an appearance at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, the two leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee — chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. — said they were "disappointed" in Comey's decision not to answer questions from their own committee.

"We're extremely disappointed in James Comey's decision not to testify voluntarily before the Judiciary Committee," a joint statement from the two lawmakers read. "There is no reason he can't testify before both the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, particularly given that the Judiciary Committee is the FBI's primary oversight committee with broad jurisdiction over federal law enforcement, FISA, and the nomination of the next FBI director.

"Given his commitment to the people and the mission of the FBI, we expected him to be responsive to the senators responsible for vetting its next proposed leader. He should reconsider his decision."

President Donald Trump fired Comey last week, and some say he did it because of the bureau's ongoing investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. The investigation is ongoing, and the Department of Justice named former FBI Director Robert Mueller a special counsel to oversee the probe.

A report Friday afternoon claimed investigators have identified a senior White House official as a person of interest in the investigation.

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