Republicans are pushing for a two-week hearing next week in the Senate to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties to President Donald Trump’s administration.
The timing of the hearing, which has been delayed for months by the Russia probe, has been pushed back until January 2.
The Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, told ABC News on Wednesday that Democrats will be holding a hearing before the committee on the House’s investigation.
“It’s not going to be a secret, but the hearing is scheduled for January 2, so that’s a pretty big difference from the past,” Feinstein said.
“I would hope that we can move forward in a way that allows the House to investigate the Russia investigation without this delay.”
Feinstein and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said they are still “considering” a possible hearing on Trump.
They said they would have to see how long it takes to schedule the hearing.
The House Intelligence Committee is investigating Russia’s efforts to influence the election and the Trump administration’s relationship with the Kremlin.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R, Texas) told ABC that Republicans are still considering holding a special hearing on Russia’s interference.
“We are still trying to figure out the details of exactly what the hearing will look like and what the details will be,” Cornyn said.
He also said that he is considering holding the hearing in January.
Feinstein said that she wants to have the Senate Intelligence Committee start its investigation in February.
She added that Democrats have been pushing for Republicans to move up the date to give Republicans more time to conduct their own investigation.
The Democrats’ push comes after the White House’s former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, told lawmakers earlier this month that Trump had been briefed on the Russian hacking effort prior to the election.
Trump has been accused of using a private email server during his presidential campaign and has called the accusations “fake news.”
Trump denied any collusion between his campaign and the Russian government and said he did not discuss any such efforts with the Russian leader during the presidential transition.
The White House has denied that Trump obstructed justice by not disclosing the Russia hack to lawmakers during the transition.