Senators prepare subpoena for Manafort hearing

Senators prepare subpoena for Manafort hearing
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGun proposal picks up GOP support Gingrich: Banning rapid fire gun modification is ‘common sense’ House bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance 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 GrassleyRepublicans jockey for position on immigration House clears bill to combat crimes against elderly Grassley: DACA deal wouldn't need border wall funding 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 TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open 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 ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support 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.