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Subpoenas Approved for Comey, Clapper, Brennan, others in Senate Investigation

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee voted to confirm previously agreed upon subpoenas for over 40 former government officials the New York Post reported.  The vote was 8-6 in favor of the resolution, with the votes coming down along party lines.

The subpoenas were approved as part of the committee’s investigation into Operation Crossfire Hurricane, the FBI’s name for a joint FBI/CIA/NSA investigation into supposed collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian officials.  The operation began in July of 2019.   Subsequent investigations have proven no such links between the Trump campaign and Russia ever existed.

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), the committee’s chairman, is now officially authorized to issue notices for subpoenas for testimony and records relating to the origins of Crossfire Hurricane.  

Among the individuals to be issued subpoenas are former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Direction John Brennan, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.  All three officials served during the Obama administration.

Subpoenas were also authorized on Wednesday for former ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former FBI director of counterintelligence Bill Priestap, former FBI agent Joe Pientka, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, and former FBI agent Peter Strzok.  Strzok and Page were infamously involved in an illicit affair and their emails and texts to one another revealed their bias against then-President-elect Donald Trump.

Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith will also receive a subpoena.  Clinesmith recently pled guilty to making a false statement and was the first person to be charged with a crime as a result of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s independent probe into the origins of the Russia investigation.

The committee also authorized the subpoenas for all records relating to the FBI’s initial Russia probe as well as the “unmasking” of Trump campaign officials and General Michael Flynn, President Trump’s initial choice as White House National Security Adviser.  

Some of those to be instructed to turn over related documents are former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr, and former U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Teftt.

In August, the committee’s first subpoena was sent to the FBI for “all records related to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. 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 subpoena states.  The Justice Department’s Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, investigated FISA court abuses.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted in June to give its chairman, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the power to issue subpoenas to “any current or former executive branch official or employee involved in the Crossfire Hurricane investigation,” the Washington Times reported.  The committee has since issued numerous subpoenas to Obama officials for testimony and documents related to the Russia investigation in their own, separate probe into the Russia investigation’s origins.

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