Senate Democrats on Thursday demanded the FBI investigate whether Trump campaign aides colluded with Russian officials to influence the 2016 presidential election.
“The FBI must determine whether there is any evidence of coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials,” Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said during a floor speech on the Senate floor.
Grassley also said that “it is not appropriate to ignore the grave threat posed by Russian cyberattacks” that he said “were launched during the 2016 campaign and into the immediate aftermath.”
He continued: “The Senate Intelligence Committee must continue to investigate these allegations and report back to the American people.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee is the most senior Senate panel investigating the Russia interference investigation.
Grimes’ request comes just days after Trump accused former FBI Director James Comey of leaking classified information about his investigation into possible coordination between Russia and his campaign.
The Senate committee, led by Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has been investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election for years.
Trump has also said he would consider pardoning former President Bill Clinton, who has been charged with obstruction of justice.
The Washington Post has reported that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates were indicted in connection with Manafort’s alleged efforts to collude with the Russian government to interfere in the presidential election and obtain damaging information about Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state.
The Post reported that Manafort’s attorneys have filed a counterclaim accusing Gates of being a foreign agent.