The Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham has set a date for his committee to vote on the issuance of subpoenas to 53 current and former government officials including James Comey and John Brennan.
The vote will take place on June 4th and is expected to pass easily in the Republican-dominated committee.
No word yet on when those due to be subpoenaed would actually appear before the committee as it comes down to a matter of mutual scheduling from both sides.
I think when the list of officials being subpoenaed comes out, more than a couple of people will refuse to testify, citing the Fifth Amendment.
Senate rules say that Graham must either get permission from the leading Democrats on the committee or gain a majority vote among the committee members. Democrats will never agree but fortunately, that won’t be necessary as the Republicans outnumber the Democrats and do not need a single Democratic vote to prevail.
Some of those who will be among the 53 have already lied to Congress during previous questioning, including both Brennan and Comey. They may not want to answer questions under oath that could get them criminally charged.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on June 4 whether to authorize subpoenas for documents and testimony from more than 50 current or former government officials, including James Comey and John Brennan, as part of the panel’s investigation into abuse of the surveillance process during Crossfire Hurricane.
The committee will debate and vote June 4 on whether to issue the subpoenas, said Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Judiciary panel.
Committee rules require Graham, a Republican, to either obtain consent from the top Democrat on the committee or to obtain a majority vote in order to issue subpoenas.
Graham is seeking documents and testimony referenced in the Justice Department inspector general’s (IG) report on the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane probe. The FBI committed 17 “significant” errors and omissions in applications for surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, the report stated
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