By Duncan Smith
When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) seemed to downplay the notion last week that his chamber would seek to issue subpoenas to Obama-era officials compelling testimony in relation to the massive “Russiagate” scandal, President Donald Trump got involved.
Mitch, I love you, but this is 100% true. Time is running out. Get tough and move quickly, or it will be too late. The Dems are vicious, but got caught. They MUST pay a big price for what they have done to our Country. Don’t let them get away with this! @LindseyGrahamSC https://t.co/PplfqTJdHc
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2020
What a difference a couple of days makes.
On Tuesday, McConnell took to the floor of the chamber he commands to announce that subpoenas would be forthcoming, and in doing so, he made a very compelling case.
— The Hill (@thehill) May 19, 2020
The Hill reported:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signaled on Tuesday that he is backing efforts to subpoena Obama-era officials.
McConnell, speaking from the Senate floor, referenced Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) announcement that he will schedule a vote for a wide-ranging subpoena on June 4.
“Senate Republicans are taking steps to issue new subpoenas to a wide variety of Obama administration officials. … The American people deserve answers about how such abuses could happen. And we intend to get those answers,” he said.
The news site noted further:
Graham announced on Monday evening that he would have the committee vote on the subpoena as part of an investigation into the court established by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and “Crossfire Hurricane,” the name for the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Graham’s subpoena would cover dozens of officials including Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray, as well as former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former national security adviser Susan Rice, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former FBI Director James Comey.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, is also months into a wide-ranging probe on potential wrongdoing or conflicts of interest stemming from the Obama administration and has indicated that he will also look into the investigation of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.
“It is unacceptable for any federal warrant application to include seven different inaccuracies and omissions. It was a FISA warrant to snoop on a presidential campaign,” said McConnell. “Here it is in black and white.”
“Sadly, this was no isolated incident. The Mueller investigation showed those allegations collapsed. Senate Republicans are taking steps to issue new subpoenas to a wide variety of Obama administration officials,” he added.
This is long overdue, of course. But that said, subpoenas haven’t actually gone out yet, as far as we know. And until they do…