U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced progress in an ongoing effort by Senate Republicans to hold hearings related to the 2016 FBI probe of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and alleged collusion with Russian operatives.
Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, confirmed this week that he had arranged for a hearing with former FBI Director James Comey, currently set to take place on Sept. 30, as reported by Breitbart.
“He will be respectfully treated”
He made the announcement Wednesday during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s Hannity.
“The day of reckoning is upon us when it comes to Crossfire Hurricane,” Graham said in reference to the FBI’s probe, according to Breitbart.
The senator said that Comey “has agreed to appear” before the committee to answer questions without requiring a subpoena.
“I appreciate Mr. Comey coming before the committee,” Graham said. “He will be respectfully treated, but asked hard questions.”
Although Comey was the man in charge until he was fired by the president in 2017, the extent of the bureau’s investigation into the Trump campaign is still the subject of speculation.
“We’re negotiating with McCabe”
For that reason, Graham noted that he would also like to hear testimony from a number of other one-time officials, including former special counsel Robert Mueller, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and former FBI special agent Peter Strzok.
“We’re negotiating with McCabe, Mr. McCabe,” Graham told host Sean Hannity, as Breitbart reported. “We’re hoping to get him without a subpoena, time will tell. Mueller has declined the invitation of the committee to appear to explain his report after the Horowitz Report.”
Graham explained that his committee also wants to interview the FBI officials who interviewed a “sub-source” for the infamous and largely debunked dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.
Meanwhile, an investigation by U.S. Attorney John Durham and his team is similarly focused on uncovering details surrounding the origins of Crossfire Hurricane.
As for whether Graham’s committee will be able to draw out a straight answer from any of those called to testify remains to be seen. In any case, it is clear that Republicans are not giving up on the quest to find out exactly how the Trump–Russia collusion investigation came to be.