Senators prepare subpoena for Manafort hearing

Senators prepare subpoena for Manafort hearing
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Blumenthal: ‘Credible case' of obstruction of justice can be made against Trump 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 GrassleyGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Thanks to the farm lobby, the US is stuck with a broken ethanol policy MORE (R-Iowa). 

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"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 TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia 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 ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father 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.