DOJ Denying Senator Required to Interview FBI Officials on Comey
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT DECLINES SENATE REQUEST TO INTERVIEW FBI OFFICIALS OVER COMEY FIRING
(CNN) – The Justice Department is preventing Senate investigators from interviewing two top FBI officials who could provide first-hand testimony over the firing of former FBI director James Comey.
Officials tell CNN it’s the latest sign that special counsel Robert Mueller could be investigating the circumstances around the firing.
This comes as the Senate Judiciary Committee has not yet given assurances to the special counsel’s office that it could have unfettered access to the transcript of the interview it conducted last week with the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. Saying that the full senate must first authorize the release of the information to Mueller’s team.
The leaders of the panel have repeatedly asked two senior FBI officials to sit down for a transcribed interview to discuss the Comey firing as part of its inquiry into any improper interference with the FBI.
But the Justice Department has declined, citing the appointment of Mueller to serve as special counsel about Russian interference in the 2016 elections and “related matters.”