Speed Reads

round 2

Senators debate bringing Comey back for another round of testimony

Fired FBI Director James Comey already gave a dramatic testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee this week, but he may get a return invite courtesy of the Senate Judiciary Committee, The Hill reported Saturday.

Committee members are debating subpoenaing Comey for a second round of questioning, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told The Hill. Feinstein said she has conferred on the matter with the committee's chair, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), advising him to proceed with the subpoena. Grassley's office said he "is willing to consider issuing subpoenas in the course of the Judiciary Committee's ongoing and bipartisan oversight" but "no specific decisions on issuing subpoenas have been made at this time."

Meanwhile, the Judiciary Committee reportedly has been in contact with Comey's friend and adviser, Dan Richman, the Columbia University professor whom Comey identified as the distributor of the unclassified, personal memos the former FBI director wrote chronicling his interactions with President Trump. Comey asked Richman to leak the documents in hopes that they might "prompt the appointment of a special counsel." Politico reports Richman was put in contact with the Senate committee by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading an investigation into alleged Trump team ties to Russian election interference.