Senators prepare subpoena for Manafort hearing

Senators prepare subpoena for Manafort hearing
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump, Putin meet under cloud of Mueller’s Russia indictments Dems launch pressure campaign over migrant families California Dems endorse progressive challenger over Feinstein 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 GrassleySenate GOP poised to break record on Trump's court picks This week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Kavanaugh paper chase heats up 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 TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism 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 ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Dem pollster: GOP women have a more difficult time winning primary races than Dems Mellman: (Mis)interpreting elections 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.