May 11, 2016, "Grassley discusses Comey and Russia Investigation at Executive Business Meeting," grassley.senate.gov
"Prepared Statement by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, Executive Business Meeting"
"Mr. Comey testified before the Judiciary Committee last week. Senator Blumenthal asked him whether the FBI had ruled anyone out as a
potential target of the investigation of allegations of collusion
between the Trump campaign and the Russians. In response, Mr. Comey
stated: “Well, I haven’t said anything publicly about who we’ve opened
investigations on. I briefed the Chair and Ranking on who those people
Mr. Comey was asked if the FBI is investigating the
President. He refused to answer. Mr. Comey said he didn’t want people
to over-interpret his refusal, but that he wasn’t going to comment on
anyone in particular. He thought it would put him on a slippery slope
of having to answer who else is or is not under investigation. That
could reveal who is being investigated.
I understand why he took
that position, but I don’t agree–at least not when it comes to the
President and senior government officials. The American people deserve
to know if senior government officials are under active criminal or
Comey did brief Ranking Member
Feinstein and me on who the targets of the various investigations are.
It would not be appropriate for me to reveal those details before the
professionals conducting the investigations are ready. So, I will not
answer any questions about who are targets of the ongoing Russia
investigations. But I will say this: Shortly after Director Comey
briefed us, I tweeted that he should be transparent. I said he should
tell the public what he told Senator Feinstein and me about whether the
FBI is or is not investigating the President.
On Tuesday, the
President’s letter said that Director Comey told him he was not under
investigation. Senator Feinstein and I heard nothing that contradicted
the President’s statement.
Now Mr. Comey is no longer the FBI
director. But the FBI should still follow my advice. It should confirm
to the public whether it is or is not investigating the President. Because it has failed to make this clear, speculation has run rampant.
intelligence community said that one of the Russians’ goals is to
undermine the American public’s faith in our democratic institutions. Wild speculation that the FBI is targeting the President in a criminal
or intelligence inquiry is not just irresponsible and unfounded. It
provides aid and comfort to the Russians and their goal of undermining
faith in our democracy.
So, what I suggest is that before this
Committee does anything more on this matter, that all the Members get
briefed by the FBI on what is actually going on.
Hopefully, that will help temper some of the unsubstantiated statements that have been made."
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee urges FBI to update the full Committee on its activities, at minimum give them same information they gave Senators Grassley and Feinstein which, though treated as confidential, did not contradict President Trump's statement that he's not under investigation-May 11, 2017, Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee
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