Senate Judiciary Committee to Investigate Political Interference in FBI

The Senate Judiciary Committee is launching a wide-ranging investigation into the circumstances behind James Comey’s firing as FBI Director, as well as any attempts to influence FBI investigations under the Obama administration, Politico reports.

The committee’s chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley presented his plan on Wednesday in response to requests from Democrats to investigate potential obstruction of justice surrounding Comey’s dismissal by President Donald Trump last month.

“The Judiciary Committee has an obligation to fully investigate any alleged improper partisan interference in law enforcement investigations. It is my view that fully investigating the facts, circumstances, and rationale for Mr. Comey’s removal will provide us the opportunity to do that on a cooperative, bipartisan basis”, Grassley wrote to his Democratic counterpart, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California.

Grassley also stressed that the committee is obligated to look into the Department of Justice handling last year of the probe surrounding Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail use, citing Comey’s testimony last week that he was concerned that the Justice Department “could not credibly complete the investigation and decline prosecution without grievous damage to the American people’s confidence in the justice system.”

“There should be no improper interference with FBI investigations to favor any elected official or candidate of either party. The Committee has an obligation to pursue all evidence of such misconduct”, Grassley added.

Grassley and Feinstein met late Tuesday to discuss the Russia probe following testimony from Attorney General Jeff Sessions before the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to a Grassley spokesman. The Judiciary Committee has oversight of the Justice Department and the FBI, Politico writes.

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