Schumer dubs GOP 'conspiracy caucus' amid Obama-era probes

Schumer dubs GOP 'conspiracy caucus' amid Obama-era probes
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerJacobin editor: Primarying Schumer would force him to fight Trump's SCOTUS nominee CNN's Toobin: Democrats are 'wimps' who won't 'have the guts' to add Supreme Court seats Republican senator says plans to confirm justice before election 'completely consistent with the precedent' MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday knocked Republicans over their multipronged investigations related to the Obama administration.

Schumer, speaking from the Senate floor, said Republicans are on a "wild goose chase," adding that "the conspiracy caucus is back with a vengeance."

"In the Homeland Security [Committee], the Republican chairman ... slanders the family of the president's opponent with conspiracy theories invented by none other than the Kremlin," Schumer said, referring to Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonThis week: Supreme Court fight over Ginsburg's seat upends Congress's agenda GOP set to release controversial Biden report Democrats fear Russia interference could spoil bid to retake Senate MORE (R-Wis.).

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Schumer then turned to the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Fox's Napolitano: Supreme Court confirmation hearings will be 'World War III of political battles' Grassley, Ernst pledge to 'evaluate' Trump's Supreme Court nominee MORE (R-S.C.) "wants to issue a bonanza of subpoenas about yet another conspiracy theory related to the 2016 election in the hopes of diving down as many rabbit holes as can be found."

"The Republican majority is busy following bread crumbs left by Putin and his intelligence services. What a disgrace. What a sham, and what a dereliction of duties," Schumer added.

The Democratic leader’s criticisms come as Senate GOP chairmen in two committees want to issue subpoenas as part of their investigations stemming from decisions made during be Obama administration.

Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday voted along party lines to issue a subpoena for Blue Star Strategies, a U.S. firm with ties to Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings.

Johnson is requesting documents as part of his investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Trump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally Special counsel investigating DeVos for potential Hatch Act violation: report MORE's son Hunter Biden and Burisma Holdings, where Hunter Biden previously served as a board member.

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Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote early next month on a wide-ranging subpoena for dozens of officials as part of Graham’s investigation into Crossfire Hurricane, the name of the FBI investigation into Russian election interference and the Trump campaign, and into the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court.

The investigations have sparked days of tensions with Democrats, who warn that Republicans could inadvertently spread Russian misinformation and view the probes as an attempt to hunt for fodder against the former vice president, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.

Republicans have denied that their investigations have a 2020 angle, with Johnson telling reporters on Wednesday that he just wants the “truth.”

But they’ve also acknowledged they want to release their findings before the election. Johnson is planning to release an interim report as soon as June, while Graham has said he wants to release a report in October.