The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is opening his own investigation into Trump firing former FBI Director James Comey:
THE HILL – Republicans are wary of Sen. Chuck Grassley’s (R-Iowa) decision to launch a Senate Judiciary Committee investigation into the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
Grassley, the panel’s chairman, took the step this week partly at the urging of Democrats, but said that it’s his committee’s job to make sure there’s a firewall protecting the FBI from political influence.
“There should be no improper interference with FBI investigations to favor any elected official or candidate of either party,” Grassley wrote in a Wednesday letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.
Grassley’s announcement took his Republican colleagues by surprise, and several said they are uncomfortable with the addition of yet another investigation that could target the Trump administration.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, said Thursday that he did not think it necessary for the Judiciary Committee to investigate Comey’s firing. Still, he said the investigation was Grassley’s choice to make as chairman.
“I’m sure it’s being pushed rather hard by Democrats because I don’t know one Republican pushing that,” Hatch said of an investigation into Comey’s firing. “It’s not that they don’t want to have an investigation, they don’t see a need for it.”
Several GOP lawmakers on Thursday told The Hill that Grassley’s investigation could conflict with the work of special counsel Robert Mueller at the Justice Department.
So how many investigations is this?
- House Intel Committee investigation into Russia and the 2016 election
- Senate Intel Committee investigation into Russia and the 2016 election
- Special Counsel investigation into Russia and the 2016 election
- Special Counsel investigation into Trump obstruction
- Senate Judiciary Committee investigation into Trump firing Comey
Did I miss anything?
Also here’s the spin on today’s new investigation:
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) June 16, 2017