President Donald Trump and his supporters received some good news this week with a ruling out of the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding an ongoing congressional probe of the FBI investigation of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
According to Breitbart, the committee voted to authorize Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to issue subpoenas regarding the mission, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane. High-ranking Obama administration officials are included in the list of potential witnesses.
“I want to know why all these counterintelligence investigations were opened to begin with,” said Graham, who chairs the Judiciary panel. “I think we need to look long and hard at how these investigations got off the rails.”
“We intend to get them”
Graham went on to vow that his congressional panel will not “sit on the sidelines and simply move on,” adding that lawmakers are “not going to be deterred” in the quest to get to the bottom of the controversial federal investigation of alleged Russian collusion.
“If we have to do it by ourselves, we will,” Graham said, according to Breitbart. “The American people deserve answers to these questions and we intend to get them.”
While the report compiled by former special counsel Robert Mueller concluded that there was no proof of collusion, a report from the inspector general revealed additional information that has fueled a demand for additional investigation into the origins of the operation.
It is this point on which Graham hopes his committee will be able to make some progress. With his new subpoena power, he can issue blanket requests for witnesses and materials related to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.
Dozens of potential witnesses
This means that individuals identified either directly or pseudonymously in the inspector general’s report might be getting a knock on their door in the very near future. Graham could also call former intelligence officials including James Comey, John Brennan, and James Clapper, to testify, if he so chooses.
Reports indicate the total list of possible witnesses includes more than 50 names, some of which were prominent figures in the prior administration.
Of course, Attorney General William Barr has already signaled that charges against former President Barack Obama or former Vice President Joe Biden are unlikely, as the Washington Examiner reported.
It is also unclear at this point whether these subpoenas will result in any indictments.
Nevertheless, those anxious to see someone forced to address the circumstances around what Trump calls a “witch hunt” are sure to see this week’s development as a step in the right direction.