Grassley Won't Rule Out Obstruction Of Justice Investigation

In the letter, Feinstein told Grassley she is "concerned" about Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats' and National Security Agency Director Admiral Rogers' refusals to answer questions from senators, adding that she wants to determine whether Trump asked Coats or Rogers "to take any action" on the Russian Federation investigation. "This is going to be, for the most part, a bipartisan approach of getting not just hearings, and that means people before our committee, but maybe documents and letters and memos and stuff like that".

Trump said his team emerged "very happy" after Comey's testimony, while also offering a blunt assessment of Comey's testimony before the Senate intelligence panel.

Grassley believes an investigation into the handling of Clinton's use of a private email service is called for after Comey testified last week that he was concerned 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". The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the investigators were looking into possible obstruction of justice. An aide familiar with the meeting said it was held to discuss the investigations, including ways that the parallel inquiries don't interfere with one another.

The committee's top Democrat, Sen.

On Jan. 27 and February 14, Feinstein noted, citing recent testimony by fired FBI Director James Comey, Trump met with Comey privately to first ask for his loyalty and then to ask him to drop the federal probe into Flynn.

The special counsel appointed to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 presidential campaign has met with a Senate committee probing the same matter. Department of Justice special counsel Robert Mueller is also leading an investigation into those issues.

Also Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley said his panel will investigate the removal of former FBI Director James Comey and "any alleged improper partisan interference in law enforcement investigations".

A close Trump associate said this week the president was considering firing Mueller, although the White House later denied it.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller last month, testified Tuesday he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire Mueller.

  • Larry Hoffman