Senators Appear Visibly Shaken After Meeting With James Comey About Trump-Russia Ties

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FBI Director James Comey just briefed a group of top senators amid growing demands that he clarify if the FBI is investigating any contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Comey met in a closed-door session with Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Dianne Feinstein of California — the chairman and top Democrat, respectively, of the Judiciary Committee — as well as Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Senators were quiet leaving the meeting, offering no details on what, if any, answers they received from the FBI director. But in a quick interview, they appear visibly shaken and upset.

“This briefing was all on sensitive matters and highly classified, and it’s really not anything that we can answer any questions about,” Feinstein told reporters, noting that she was speaking on behalf of herself and Grassley.

Feinstein further declined to comment on whether Comey confirmed the FBI is investigating a link between Trump officials and Russia, adding: “I’m sorry, but it’s the way life in here.”

When a reporter asked if they were “satisfied” with the answers they got, Grassley turned to Feinstein, asked if she was “ready to go” and the two headed toward the subway that connects the Capitol to the Senate office buildings.

“If you want to ask me some other time, but not in this environment right here,” Grassley told the swarm of reporters and TV cameras.

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