Senators prepare subpoena for Manafort hearing

Senators prepare subpoena for Manafort hearing
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinLawmakers feel pressure on guns Feinstein: Trump must urge GOP to pass bump stock ban Florida lawmakers reject motion to consider bill that would ban assault rifles MORE (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the panel intends to send former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort a subpoena, CNN reported Wednesday. 

Feinstein said she struck a deal on the key areas of interest in their probe with the committee chairman, Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyPavlich: The claim Trump let the mentally ill get guns is a lie Congress fails miserably: For Asian-Americans, immigration proposals are personal attacks Grassley, Dems step up battle over judicial nominees MORE (R-Iowa). 


"We've agreed on a subpoena for Manafort," Feinstein told the news outlet.

Their investigation is looking into Russia's attempts to interfere in the 2016 election, with the leaders deciding to pursue details of Manafort's ties to the Kremlin.

Manafort agreed in July to turn over documents related to the Foreign Agents Registration Act after facing scrutiny for failing to properly register during the time he was working with company that had ties to Ukraine.

Despite this, Grassley has reportedly grown frustrated with Manafort’s lawyers, who he believes have been uncooperative.

Issuing a subpoena aims to add pressure and prompt the former campaign chairman to appear at a hearing in front of the Judiciary Committee.

A spokesperson for Grassley confirmed that several general agreements had been made in principle on the matter, though details were still being ironed out. The spokesperson declined to elaborate further.

A Manafort spokesman declined CNN’s request for comment. 

The Senate committee is also reportedly weighing whether to similarly issue a subpoena for Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE Jr., who held a controversial meeting with a Russian lawyer last year at Trump Tower in which he sought damaging information about Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC 'got scammed' into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE.

Manafort is also a person of interest in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, and an investigative team raided his house in late July to seize materials from his residence.