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Feinstein questions Comey
With crowds of journalists asking questions about President Trump and former FBI director James Comey, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) rushes to the Senate floor for votes on Capitol Hill, May 17, 2017. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a former Intelligence Committee chairwoman, is the only member who also sits on the Judiciary Committee, which has oversight of the FBI, Comey’s former employer. She’s also one of the few lawmakers who got a personal heads-up from President Trump that he was dismissing Comey.

She said this week that she thinks Comey’s testimony “is getting overexaggerated.”

“It’s an opportunity for Director Comey to say everything he wants to say in the way in which he wants to say it and for us to ask him some questions,” she said.

But she has described herself as “incredulous” over Comey’s dismissal and is likely to use her time to give Comey the time and space to explain his interactions with Trump.

James Comey testimony: Updates and reaction

Former FBI director James B. Comey is set to testify today in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.; a closed hearing is to start at 1 p.m.

Comey’s testimony was previewed on Wednesday in written remarks in which he describes President Trump’s demand of loyalty and the investigations.

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