The Senate Homeland Security Committee voted to authorize subpoenas for multiple Obama administration officials as part of a review of the origins of the Russia investigation.
According to Fox News, “The committee on Wednesday held a business meeting to authorize committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., to issue notices for taking depositions, subpoenas, for records, and subpoenas for testimony to individuals relating to the panel’s ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ investigation, the Justice Department inspector general’s review of that investigation, and the ‘unmasking’ of U.S. persons affiliated with the 2016 Trump campaign, transition team and the Trump administration.”
Many Obama administration officials and other Democrat operatives have been subpoenaed. This includes former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former FBI Director James Comey, former Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough, former FBI counsel Lisa Page, former FBI agent Joe Pientka, former FBI director of counterintelligence Bill Priestap, former White House national security adviser Susan Rice, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, and former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith.
Other people being subpoenaed include FBI informant Stefan Halper, Halper’s FBI handler Stephen Somma, former Clinton Foundation employee Sidney Blumenthal, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, top Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, and the United States ambassador to Russia under Obama, John Tefft.
Subpoenas were also issued for “the production of all records” related to the FBI’s Russia investigation and the DOJ Inspector General’s probe.
The committee voted 8-6 to authorize these actions.
Previously Senate Homeland Security Committee Actions
Earlier this summer, subpoenas had already been authorized for a majority of these individuals, but the committee did not get the final go-ahead until Wednesday.
Last month, Chairman Ron Johnson issued the first subpoena as part of the committee’s review of the Russia investigation, which demanded that the FBI produce “all records related to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.”
Referring to Horowitz’s review of abuses related to the FISA warrants, the subpoena states: “This includes, but is not limited to, all records provided or made available to the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice for its review.”
The committee also voted to give Johnson the authority to send subpoenas as part of the investigation back in June.
Also in June, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved subpoenas for testimony and documents from Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation.