A number of reporters from NBC News and Fox News reported that Comey was meeting with the committee, and that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was also present.
FBI director Comey is on the hill "meeting" with Senate intel committee. Senate minority leader Schumer has also joined
— Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) February 17, 2017
FBI Dir Comey now briefing Senate Intel Cmte at the Capitol
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) February 17, 2017
Busy Friday on the Hill: FBI director Jim Comey is here to brief Intelligence Committee members
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) February 17, 2017
Comey has been at the center of repeated calls for investigations of the Trump administration. On Monday, Michael Flynn was asked to resign as Trump’s national security adviser after the Washington Post reported that he discussed sanctions on the phone with the Russian ambassador before Trump was inaugurated.
On Tuesday, the New York Times and CNN reported that members of Trump’s campaign were in touch with Russian government officials, including intelligence officials, repeatedly during the campaign.
Trump and his administration have railed against the leaks that led to those stories. And Democrats have called for an independent investigation of Trump’s ties to Russia, especially the ties between his campaign and the Russian government.
The Senate Intelligence Committee announced on Jan. 14 that it would investigate “any intelligence regarding links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns.”
The same day, House Democrats seethed after a contentious closed-door meeting with Comey. Earlier that week, Comey had refused to tell the Senate Intelligence Committee during public testimony whether the FBI was investigating ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia.