The top two leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee are asking two Trump administration officials at the center of the federal Russia probe to brief the panels’ members on the issue following the ouster of FBI Director James Comey earlier this week.
Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the committee’s top Democrat, were briefed by Comey in mid-March on the unfolding investigation into potential collusion between Moscow and the campaign of President Donald Trump last year. Now they want a similar session for the other 19 members of the Judiciary Committee from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Russia investigation, and acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, and “others who have firsthand knowledge of that briefing.”
“Reportedly, the Select Committee on Intelligence received a briefing from Mr. Rosenstein on this yesterday,” Grassley and Feinstein wrote to the two officials on Friday. “As the oversight committee of the FBI, it is important that the members of this Committee receive the same information.”
Grassley and Feinstein are also asking Rosenstein and McCabe brief the committee on issues that Comey said he would follow up on during his public testimony before the judiciary panel earlier this month, less than one week before his dismissal.
The brief letter didn’t specify what those matters were. But Grassley pressed Comey on reports of an FBI document from a Democratic operative, showing confidence that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch would stop the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server “from going too far,” according to the New York Times. Comey said he couldn’t talk about the issue in an unclassified setting and pledged to follow up.
The senators want to set dates for the briefings by 5 p.m. on Friday.
Grassley told reporters this week that he is considering asking Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify before his committee. The second-ranking DOJ official has also been invited by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Aides said Friday that an all-Senate briefing has not yet been scheduled.
Josh Gerstein contributed to this report.