On Wednesday FBI Director James Comey is headed back to the Hill where he will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
This will be one of two hearings that Comey will attend, and the second is a closed door hearing before the House Intelligence Committee. The Hill reports:
The hearing comes one day after Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president last year, again blamed Comey in part for her defeat.
Clinton told a Women for Women International event that she “was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey’s letter on Oct. 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me, but got scared off.”
The letter, sent 11 days before Election Day, informed lawmakers that investigators had uncovered emails that appeared to be pertinent to the bureau’s probe, considered completed at the time, of Clinton’s private email server.
The Justice Department’s inspector general is looking into allegations that Comey broke bureau policy with his public disclosures regarding that investigation.
Democrats are still fuming over Comey’s actions, particularly since the FBI director only made public last month an investigation into possible links between President Trump’s campaign and Russian meddling in the election.
The Senate appearance will be Comey’s first public testimony since he announced that probe.
But Senate Republicans also have a bone to pick with the FBI director, and Comey can expect a public grilling from Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
In the past few weeks, Grassley has sent letters to the Director pressing him on “inconsistencies” in his testimony on a dossier containing incendiary, but unverified, allegations about Trump, as well as the role of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in the investigation.
Republicans repeatedly argued that McCabe should have recused himself from the Clinton investigation following reports a Clinton ally donated to his wife’s political campaign. The donations are also under investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general.
Republicans and Democrats have been waiting for their chance to question the FBI director again and starting today they will get their chance. Do you think we’ll learn anything new?