FBI Director James Comey has agreed to appear at a public House Intelligence Committee hearing next Monday on the investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election, Chairman Devin Nunes told reporters Wednesday.
Separately, Comey will brief the two top senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee later Wednesday.
Nunes said he still had seen no evidence to support President Donald Trump’s claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, but added he was concerned about the possible incidental collection of the communications of Trump aides.
“I don’t think there was an actual tap,” the California Republican said.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the panel’s top Democrat, separately said on Wednesday morning that they would be getting a briefing on Russia on Wednesday afternoon. A committee aide confirmed Comey would be briefing the senators, although other administration officials may be on hand.
Bipartisan pressure has been growing from members of the Senate panel, which oversees the Department of Justice, for more answers on the federal probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Grassley said earlier this week that he would not schedule a committee vote for Rod Rosenstein — Trump’s pick for deputy attorney general — until the committee was briefed by Comey.