There is bipartisan disappointment over at the Senate Judiciary Committee after former FBI Director James Comey agreed to testify in public before a different panel.
Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., announced late Friday. A specific date has yet to be announced.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., are now asking, why not appear before our committee too?
"We're extremely disappointed in James Comey's decision not to testify voluntarily before the Judiciary Committee," the senators wrote in a statement. "There is no reason he can't testify before both the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, particularly given that the Judiciary Committee is the FBI's primary oversight committee with broad jurisdiction over federal law enforcement, FISA and the nomination of the next FBI director."
Grassley and Feinstein added further that Comey should reconsider.
"Given his commitment to the people and the mission of the FBI, we expected him to be responsive to the senators responsible for vetting its next proposed leader. He should reconsider his decision," they wrote.
Comey was fired by President Trump on May 9, alarming Republicans and Democrats alike as the FBI is in the middle of an investigation into Russia. Some feared Trump was trying to hinder that probe, fueling calls for Trump to be impeached. Trump and other Republicans say they were unhappy with Comey's failure to charge Hillary Clinton for her use of private emails and the resulting leak of classified information.