Senate Republicans were surprised and miffed by Chuck Grassley's decision to open a Judiciary Committee investigation into the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, The Hill reported.
For one, it would cover the same ground as special counsel Robert Mueller's probe; second, it shines another light on President Donald Trump, who Republicans feel needs less scrutiny right now, not more; and third, investigations have more than eclipsed the saturation point, The Hill reported.
"We already have a special counsel. I don't think we should have any more investigations. I don't see how that doesn't fall within his purview. That should all be left to the special counsel," an unnamed Republican senator told The Hill.
It's all more surprising given that Grassley, the committee chairman, has been a staunch supporter of the president's.
But, in his letter to committee ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein, Grassley said Comey's testimony last week about undue influence on the Department of Justice was "extremely troubling."
"There should be no improper interference with FBI investigations to favor any elected official or candidate of either party," Grassley wrote.
Grassley's call to make, unhappy colleagues or not.
"I'm sure it's being pushed rather hard by Democrats because I don't know one Republican pushing that," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told The Hill. "It's not that they don't want to have an investigation, they don't see a need for it."
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