WASHINGTON — Ex-FBI Director James Comey and dozens of other Obama-era officials could soon be hauled before Congress after the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday gave Chairman Lindsey Graham unilateral subpoena powers as part of his review into the Mueller probe.
The committee on Thursday voted along party lines to give Graham (R-SC) the authority to subpoena more than 50 mostly Obama administration officials as part of the GOP-led review, including Comey, ex-CIA Director John Brennan and former national security adviser Susan Rice, among others.
Democrats on the committee accused Republicans of doing President Trump’s bidding ahead of the November election and grew frustrated when their requests to subpoena their own witnesses, including Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, were continually knocked down.
“The fact that you are turning down every single relevant witness tells us and tells the world this is an irrelevant investigation,” said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).
“This is stacked, my friends,” he added.
Democrats also argued that the review was unnecessary because it would be going over the same ground as a probe by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz that found the origins of the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election were littered with errors.