Comey, Rice, Clapper among GOP senator's targets for subpoenas amid Obama-era probe

Comey, Rice, Clapper among GOP senator's targets for subpoenas amid Obama-era probe
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Some of the most high-profile figures of the Obama administration are among a list of officials Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonI'm furious about Democrats taking the blame — it's time to fight back Barnes raises over million in final quarter of 2021 Sen. Ron Johnson: Straight from the horse's mouth MORE (R-Wis.) would like to subpoena as part of his investigation into the FBI's probe of Russian election meddling and the Trump campaign. 

The list, released by Johnson's office on Thursday night, comes after he scheduled a committee vote for June 4 to seek subpoena authority. 

Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyHillary 2024? Given the competition, she may be the Dems' best hope Trump draws attention with admission he 'fired Comey' Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE, former national security adviser Susan Rice, former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperUS intelligence community 'struggled' to brief Trump in 2016, CIA review shows An unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Hillicon Valley — Justice Department takes on Uber MORE and former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanOvernight Defense & National Security — US, Israeli defense chiefs discuss Iran US ends combat mission against ISIS in Iraq, but troops remain This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead MORE are among dozens of officials Johnson will request authority to subpoena. 


"I am asking for this authority to ensure the committee has the ability to quickly and efficiently seek compulsory process should it become necessary. We have a great tradition in this country of peaceful and cooperative transitions of power, and the American people deserve to know if any wrongdoing occurred to corrupt the process and sabotage the new administration," Johnson said in a statement.

He added that they were voting on the authorization "with the hope that subpoenas won’t be necessary."

In addition to requesting authority to subpoena specific individuals, Johnson also wants authority to issue subpoenas to the FBI for records related to Crossfire Hurricane, the name for its investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign; the State Department for any records related to Christopher Steele, who compiled a controversial research dossier against then-candidate Trump; and the Department of Justice's Office of Inspector General for records related to its review of surveillance warrant applications related to former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. 

Johnson is also requesting the authority to subpoena documents from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence related to attempts to "unmask" individuals tied to the Trump campaign, transition team or White House through January 2017.

Johnson told reporters earlier this month that he would probe the investigation of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, after the Justice Department's decision to drop its case against him. 

Flynn was fired by President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger welcomes baby boy Tennessee lawmaker presents self-defense bill in 'honor' of Kyle Rittenhouse Five things to know about the New York AG's pursuit of Trump MORE in 2017 for misleading Vice President Pence about his conversations with then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. 

The vote to give Johnson the wide-ranging subpoena authority comes after the committee voted along party lines last week to issue a subpoena for Blue Star Strategies, a U.S. firm with ties to Ukraine gas company Burisma Holdings, as part of Johnson's investigation into Hunter Biden. Currently under the committee's rules a subpoena can only be issued with the agreement of Sen. Gary PetersGary PetersDemocrats make final plea for voting rights ahead of filibuster showdown Michigan Republican John James 'strongly considering' House run Officials point to Apache vulnerability in urging passage of cyber incident reporting bill MORE (Mich.), the top Democrat, or with a majority vote.  

Republicans are ramping up their controversial investigations tied to the Obama administration as Trump prepares to face off against former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says he didn't 'overpromise' Finland PM pledges 'extremely tough' sanctions should Russia invade Ukraine Russia: Nothing less than NATO expansion ban is acceptable MORE, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, in November. The tactics have frustrated Democrats who view the probes as Republicans using their majority to investigate Trump's political enemies, hunt for fodder against Biden or inadvertently spread Russian misinformation. 

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats make final plea for voting rights ahead of filibuster showdown DACA highlights pitfalls of legalization schemes The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Schumer tees up doomed election reform vote MORE (D-N.Y.), in a statement on Thursday, said Republicans "are still more focused on peddling conspiracy theories to prop up President Trump than they are helping the American people reeling from the health and economic crises." 

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamKyrsten Sinema's courage, Washington hypocrisy and the politics of rage Hillicon Valley: Amazon's Alabama union fight — take two McConnell will run for another term as leader despite Trump's attacks MORE (R-S.C.) is also scheduled to force a vote on a wide-ranging subpoena next Thursday as part of his separate investigation into the FBI's Russia probe. Included among the dozens of individuals he wants to subpoena are Comey, Rice, Clapper and Brennan.