Senate Judiciary Approves Dozens Of Subpoenas Targeting Russia Probe Origins
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday to “to authorize subpoenas targeting more than 50 people involved in the decision to begin investigating President Trump’s 2016 campaign over potential links to Russia,” The Washington Post reported.
- The move is part of a broader Republican effort probing the investigations into the president that resulted in special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment.
- Last week, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved a similar set of subpoenas.
- Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) indicated his investigation covers multiple aspects of the probes into Trump, including the Justice Department’s “reliance on a dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent in seeking secret surveillance warrants and whether officials ignored red flags in continuing those warrants.”
“Anybody that was told about the unreliability of the dossier and continued to use it, they’re good candidates to go to jail or lose their job,” Graham said, adding: “Somebody needs to be held accountable for what happened here, and we’re going to be in the accountability business.”
- The subpoenas target numerous officials from President Barack Obama’s administration, including “his attorney general, Loretta E. Lynch; his deputy attorney general, Sally Yates; his FBI director, James B. Comey; and his chief of staff, Denis McDonough.”
- The vote to authorize subpoenas fell along party lines, with Democrats denouncing the investigation as partisan and a distraction amid ongoing social unrest over racial injustice.
“The nation is demanding revolutionary change in our police practices to heighten justice and eliminate racism. It is a classic opportunity for this committee to lead,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). “And if we devote our attention to this investigation . . . we are going to distract ourselves from that obligation and opportunity to really reform our criminal justice system.”
- Republicans reportedly rejected multiple Democratic amendments, seeking “testimony from Trump-related figures, including Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, son-in-law Jared Kushner, and former lawyer Michael Cohen, as well as [former national security adviser Michael] Flynn.”
The Post noted that during his nearly two-year investigation, “Mueller charged 34 people, including 26 Russian nationals, and secured guilty pleas from seven, including several high-level Trump campaign and administration officials.”