On Thursday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley confirmed President Donald Trump’s statement that he was not being investigated by the FBI, contrary to what many democrats and mainstream media reporters have said.
In Trump’s letter announcing the firing of FBI Director James Comey, he wrote: “I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation.”
At an executive meeting, Grassley reinforced what Trump wrote, telling committee members that he and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein had met with FBI Director Comey last week, who briefed the two senators on who the actual targets of the investigations are.
“Senator Feinstein and I heard nothing that contradicted the President’s statement,” he said. Feinstein then said after Grassley’s statement, “I very much appreciate what you’ve said and it’s very accurate, and we were briefed.”
Grassley said that, shortly after Comey had briefed them, he had tweeted that the then-FBI director should be more 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,” he said.
“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,” Grassley said.
Grassley also suggested that other committee members should also be briefed by the FBI on “what is actually going on” before taking any further steps in its investigation into supposed Russian interference in the 2016 election.