Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.-S.C., said he was "surprised" former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Graham issued a statement Friday on Twitter explaining he also wanted Comey to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee, The Hill reported.
"I very much appreciate former FBI Director Comey's willingness to publicly testify about his conversations with President Trump and other relevant matters," Graham's statement read. "I am surprised he will do so given the fact we now have a Special Counsel who will likely be investigating matters related to their conversations."
Comey on Friday agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee which is investigating possible Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign and claims of collusion by Russian officials and President Donald Trump when running for office. Trump fired Comey abruptly last week, stating in a letter to the former FBI chief it was necessary to restore "public trust and confidence" in the agency.
Graham said he wanted Comey to also appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which he is a member, because his panel oversees the FBI. Comey has not stated whether or not he would testify before that committee.
"The Judiciary Committee has primary responsibility for FBI oversight," Graham said. "I certainly want former Director Comey to be able to tell his side of the story in regards to President Trump."
"I also want to ask him about the massive and repeated leaks coming from the FBI," he added.
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