FBI Director James Comey’s letter to Congress regarding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server a few days prior to the election has raised questions regarding the Bureau’s role in politics and even raised accusations that Comey may have violated the Hatch Act, which forbids federal officials from interfering in the electoral process.
On Wednesday, Congress asked Comey to reveal whether or not the FBI was investigating Donald Trump’s potential ties to Russia and it has been stated by a CNN reporter that he refused to answer that question.
‘Sheldon Whitehouse says COMEY failed to meet agreed upon deadline to confirm existence of FBI inquiry into Russia/Trump by this afternoon.’
Sheldon Whitehouse says COMEY failed to meet agreed upon deadline to confirm existence of FBI inquiry into Russia/Trump by this afternoon
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) March 15, 2017
However, it has also been reported that Comey will be meeting Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley(I-R) and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein to discuss the possible investigation.
‘FBI’s Comey just arrived on CapHill for briefing w/ Judiciary Cmte Chair Grassley & Ranking Member Feinstein regarding Russia probe – NBC’
FBI's Comey just arrived on CapHill for briefing w/ Judiciary Cmte Chair Grassley & Ranking Member Feinstein regarding Russia probe – NBC
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) March 15, 2017
Both Mr. Whitehouse and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that they had given Comey a deadline of March 15 in order to answer Congress’ questions regarding a potential investigation into the president’s alleged ties to Russia.
The Hill reports that Graham has also threatened to subpoena any documents relating to Trump’s claims that President Obama had Trump Tower placed under survivance during the election.
‘The only thing he can be assured of is if they don’t answer my letter, the committee as a whole, I think, will subpoena the documents and I will stay on them to disclose whether or not there’s a criminal investigation’
Comey’s apparent refusal to answer Congress’s questions regarding the possible Russian probe could be causing wider problems within the Justice Department. POLITICO reports that Grassley has said the Senate will not move forward with Rod Rosenstein’s confirmation as deputy attorney general until the FBI director briefs the Senate regarding the Russian investigation.
‘Here’s what I’ve done: the Justice Department would like to get their deputy out of committee just as soon as they can. I’m not going to schedule a hearing on the deputy attorney general until we get a briefing from Comey.’
Hopefully, we’ll have an update on the FBI’s Russian investigation within the coming days.
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