A Senate committee will vote next week on whether to give Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) authority to issue subpoenas for records and testimony relating to Crossfire Hurricane, the FBI’s probe of 2016 Russian election interference and the Trump campaign.
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs members will vote June 4 in Washington, according to a newly released agenda.
If authorized, Johnson, the committee’s chairman, also will be able to issue subpoenas for information or appearances of individuals relating to the unmasking, or revealing of identities, of U.S. citizens affiliated with Trump’s campaign, his transition teams, and the president’s administration.
Johnson and ranking member Gary Peters (D-Mich.) didn’t immediately respond to requests by The Epoch Times for comment. Johnson hasn’t said which officials he wants to call to testify.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote at the same time on the same date on authorizing subpoenas for records on the Crossfire Hurricane probe.
Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced that vote earlier this month. He said he wants to subpoena former Obama administration officials, including James Comey, the former FBI director, and James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence.
Because Republicans control the Senate, they control and hold majorities on each committee. Chairs can’t issue subpoenas without consent of the ranking member or by a committee vote.
If subpoena power is authorized, Johnson and Graham can issue subpoenas for witnesses, documents, or other materials. According to the Senate Judiciary Committee, subpoena authorization votes aren’t common.
Graham named a slew of officials he wants to hear from or obtain communications or documents from, including FBI agent E.W. “Bill” Priestap, Attorney General William Barr, and Susan Rice, the former national security adviser. He added a caveat during an interview on “The Hugh Hewitt Show” this week, saying: “I can’t get in the way of a Durham investigation. So, he has first dibs on any witness.”
U.S. Attorney John Durham is conducting a criminal probe into the origins of the Trump–Russia investigation.
“I’ve always felt that there has been a concerted effort to sabotage this administration and it began the day after the election when, according to these folks, the wrong person won,“ Johnson said during an appearance on Fox News’ ”America’s Newsroom.”
Despite the FBI knowing there wasn’t evidence of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia, Johnson added, “Comey engineered the appointment of a special counsel and put this country through this constitutional crisis over the last two or three years and, unfortunately, hampered this administration to a great extent.”
Johnson and Grassley asked the director of national intelligence and Barr last week for information on the unmasking of Americans linked to Trump’s campaign dating back as far as January 2016.