The Senate Judiciary Committee will open an inquiry into why President Donald Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey, and whether his termination was wrongful or not.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Judiciary Committee will specifically look into whether Trump acted improperly when he dismissed Comey from his position. Some have suggested that Trump’s firing of Comey, which the president admitted the Russia investigation was on his mind when he terminated the former FBI director.
Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said there was a strong need to understand what exactly went down.
In a press release, Grassley wrote, “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.”
Comey alleged under oath to the Senate this month that the president asked him to drop the investigation into collusion with the Russians, specifically dealing with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. In a controversial meeting where Trump had allegedly spoken alone to Comey, Comey said that Trump had asked him, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
Trump fired Flynn in February due to Flynn’s improper contacts with Russia regarding possibly ending sanctions for the nation before the Trump administration took office. Such meetings would violate federal law. Flynn also failed to disclose that he received speaking fees while in Russia and Turkey, which he was supposed to do before receiving clearance for the NatSec position.
Trump has told his closest confidants that he wishes he could have kept Flynn on staff, despite his improper connections with Russia. “Trump feels really, really, really, bad about firing him, and he genuinely thinks if the investigation is over Flynn can come back,” an anonymous White House official said back in May.