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The Department of Justice won’t allow the Senate Judiciary Committee to interview two top FBI officials, Carl Ghattas and James Rybicki, about the circumstances surrounding former FBI Director James Comey’s dismissal in May, according to a letter obtained by CNN.

The DOJ cited “the appointment of Robert S. Mueller to serve” as special counsel in charge of the Russia investigation in a letter declining the committee’s requests for transcribed interviews with Ghattas and Rybicki.

“Under these circumstances and consistent with the Department’s long-standing policy regarding the confidentiality and sensitivity of information relating to pending matters, the Department cannot make Mr. Ghattas nor Mr. Rybicki available for transcribed interviews at this time,” the letter read.

Ghattas is the executive assistant director of the FBI’s national security branch and Rybicki is the FBI Director’s chief of staff and senior counselor.

That the DOJ cited Mueller and the Russia investigation when it declined the committee’s requests to interview Ghattas and Rybicki indicated to legal experts that the FBI doesn’t want its own probe of the circumstances surrounding Comey’s firing to be compromised by Congress.

“It means that whatever the FBI officials would tell Congress is relevant to what Mueller is investigating,” …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics

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