Senate Republicans voted on Wednesday to subpoena various Obama administration intelligence officials, including former FBI director James Comey, as part of a broader investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation.
The Senate Homeland Security Committee has voted to subpoena many names known to those who followed the series of investigations, including former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, along with Comey and two former FBI officers. agents who are repeatedly targeted in President Donald Trump’s Wrath.
Republican Senator Ron Johnson, the chair of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is a close ally of the President and leads the investigation
Republican Senator Ron Johnson, the chair of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is a close ally of the president and is leading the investigation that Trump has urged and encouraged.
The subpoenas were passed along party lines and are part of the panel’s ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ probe.
In addition, the panel is seeking information on the assessment of the origin of the Russian probe by the Justice Department Inspector General and the “ unmasking ” of officials affiliated with the 2016 Trump campaign.
‘Crossfire Hurricane’ was the government’s code name for its counterintelligence investigation into Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Former FBI Director James Comey (left) and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (right) were among those former Obama government officials subpoenaed by Senate Republicans as part of their investigation into the origins of the Russian probe
President Donald Trump has repeatedly accused former President Barack Obama of ‘spying’ on his campaign
Trump has repeatedly accused former President Barack Obama of ‘spying’ on his campaign and used the existence of ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ to claim there was a ‘deep state’ that was thwarting his chances of becoming president.
Earlier this summer, the committee approved subpoenas for the majority of those named Wednesday. This vote was the final go-ahead and left timing and planning decisions to Johnson.
INTERNAL PROBE OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT
John Durham, a US attorney, is leading a criminal investigation into the Russian investigation before the Justice Department at the request of Attorney General Bill Barr.
Democrats have accused the probes to be politically motivated and aimed at helping Trump’s chances of reelection.
Senate panel wants to speak to witnesses and obtain documents related to the Durham probe.
OBAMA OFFICIALS UNDERLINED BY SENATE
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 adviser Lisa Page
former FBI agent Joe Pientka
former Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power
former FBI director of counterintelligence Bill Priestap
former White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice
former FBI agent Peter Strzok
former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmit
former Deputy Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe
DOJ officially Bruce Ohr
FBI Agent Steven Somma
former US Ambassador to Russia John Teftt
former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Tashina Gauhar
Durham’s investigation came about after a report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found “ significant inaccuracies and omissions ” in the FBI’s filing in a court of law for permission to authorize Trump’s campaign adviser, Carter. Page.
The Horowitz report found that the decision the FBI made to investigate the campaign was not motivated by political bias.
Durham, meanwhile, is completing a separate report on how the FBI is investigating Russia.
It’s unclear when that report will be released. His work has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
OPERATION CROSSFIRE HURRICANE
Comey, as director of the FBI, authorized Operation Crossfire Hurricane, the agency’s counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russian officials attempting to interfere in the presidential election.
It was a joint investigation by the FBI, the CIA and the National Security Agency.
It was fueled by information that George Papadopoulos, an adviser to Trump’s campaign, claimed the Russians had harmful material about Hillary Clinton.
It would eventually get surveillance warrants on Page, and the information gathered during the investigation would be used by FBI agents to question former Trump National Security Adviser Mike Flynn in the White House during his brief tenure. Flynn would later plead guilty to lying about his dealings with Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak.
It was eventually taken over by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose investigation cleared the Trump campaign of any collusion but came to a conclusion whether President Trump was trying to obstruct the special counsel’s investigation.
Richard Grenell, in one of his latest acts as acting director of the national intelligence agency, has released more documents related to the origins of the Russian investigation into Trump.
Democrats have accused Grenell of using his position to play politics and only release documents that fuel Trump’s beliefs and benefit his administration.
Grenell released several documents during his brief tenure with DNI that fueled the ‘Obamagate’ conspiracy theory, including an email from Susan Rice, who served as Barack Obama’s national security adviser, revealing her concerns about her successor in that feature, Michael Flynn.
Rice sent himself the email on President Trump’s inauguration day, documenting a Jan. 5, 2017 Oval Office meeting with President Obama and others, in which Obama provided advice on how law enforcement was needed to prevent Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race. to investigate.
Former FBI Legal Adviser Lisa Page and Former FBI Agent Peter Strzok were among those sued by Senate Republicans
Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power were also subpoenaed in connection with the ‘exposing’ investigation
The released email revealed that then FBI Director James Comey suggested to Obama that the National Security Council might not want to pass on “ sensitive information related to Russia ” to Flynn, as he had spoken “ often ” with the then Russian. Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak.
Grenell also released documents showing which Obama administration officials had asked to have Flynn “ exposed, ” and that’s when an anonymous name is revealed in an intelligence report. That list included Joe Biden, the presumed Democratic presidential candidate.
Exposure is a common practice used by officials to help them better understand intelligence reports. It is not illegal.
The latest set of documents Grenell released would also include transcripts of conversations Flynn had with Russian officials.
Flynn’s calls to Kislyak were picked up by US intelligence interceptions during the transition process and became part of the Russian probe.