The Washington Post published a story Tuesday detailing a letter the president sent to senators on May 4 requesting information about the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s election meddling, according to a person familiar with the letter.
The person asked not to be identified because the document was not made public.
The letter, which was sent to Sens.
Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lindsey Graham (R) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R), was part of a letter to the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the person said.
Collins and Graham are both Democrats who have opposed the FBI director’s firing.
The senators, who are in their third and final Senate recess, were asked to respond to the letter on May 6, the source said.
The two senators have not yet responded to the request.
The Washington Times first reported the letter to lawmakers.
Sen. Bob Corker (R.-Tenn.) wrote a letter on Monday to Sen. Richard Burr (R)-N.C., the ranking Republican on the Senate intelligence committee, asking them to respond.
The committee’s chairman, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), has also not responded to Corker’s letter.
Burr said last week that he was “not going to comment on the letter” to Collins and that he believed the letter was part in a cover-up.
Collins said Monday that the senators “have no idea what they are talking about” and would not respond to Corker or Warner’s requests.
A spokesman for Sen. Ron Johnson (R, Wisc.) said he was unaware of any letter from the president.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.
Trump has repeatedly called for Comey to be fired, saying he would “bring justice” to the FBI if he was fired.
He also tweeted last week about “Russian collusion” and said he would have Comey fired if he were “elected president.”
In a series of tweets, Trump called the Russia probe a “hoax” and accused Comey of lying to Congress.
“The Russian government has consistently and intentionally sought to undermine our democratic process and undermine trust in our elected officials,” he said.
“Our leaders and our institutions must be held accountable.”
Comey has testified publicly that the investigation into the Russian election interference is ongoing and that Trump’s campaign aides may have colluded with Moscow.