Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is backing up President Donald Trump's claim he is not under FBI investigation.
In an interview Thursday on Fox News' "Your World," Grassley was asked about a letter Trump wrote Tuesday firing FBI Director James Comey in which the president asserted he was told three times he was not under investigation.
Grassley said he was not troubled by the letter because Comey had given both he and the committee's ranking Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a briefing on FBI investigations in March.
"I didn't hear anything that indicated or contradicted what the president said" in his letter, Grassley told host Neil Cavuto.
Grassley also pushed back on criticism Trump should not have been asking Comey in the first place if he was a target.
"The question ought to be . . . is it appropriate for the people that answer the question [that Trump] asked," Grassley said. "I'll leave it up to Comey to decide if it was appropriate . . . if he violated anything by telling the president."
Grassley conceded the identifies of "normal Americans" who are subjects of FBI investigations should not be made public, "but when you're talking about high-level public officials . . . there ought to be a reason for letting the public know if somebody's being investigated.
"There's some point where the public's business ought to be more public if you're going to have accountability, Grassley said.
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