Senate panel approves more subpoenas for probe into FBI's Russia investigation

Senate panel approves more subpoenas for probe into FBI's Russia investigation

(CNN) The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved another round of subpoenas Wednesday for depositions to dozens of officials from the Obama administration as part of the panel's investigation into the FBI's 2016 Russia investigation. The subpoenas -- which were sent to such officials as former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former FBI Director James Comey -- are the latest sign that the committee is ramping up its probes of President Donald Trump's political opponents ahead of the November election. The subpoenas approved on a party-line vote Wednesday were separate from the panel's investigation into a Ukrainian energy firm and former Vice President Joe Biden , which Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson has said he plans to release soon. But Democrats have accused Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, of using both investigations to try to smear Trump's opponents ahead of the election -- and advance a narrative pushed by Russian-linked operatives to denigrate Biden. Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, expressed concerns that the Ukrainian investigation "had the earmarks of a political exercise." "It's not the legitimate role of government, for Congress or for taxpayer expense, to be used in an effort to damage political opponents," Romney said at Wednesday's committee meeting. "I don't think it will reflect well on him," Johnson told reporters Tuesday. Trump and his allies repeatedly made unfounded and false claims during last year's impeachment proceedings alleging that Biden and his son acted corruptly in Ukraine, centered around ...
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