Senate panel eyes issuing subpoenas in Russia probe
The Senate Judiciary Committee is considering issuing subpoenas to President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and two FBI officials close to fired director James Comey as part of the panel’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.
It would be the second time the panel has subpoenaed Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., subpoenaed Manafort in July but rescinded the subpoena a day later when he agreed to turn over documents and continue negotiating about setting up an interview.
Grassley indicated Thursday that talks over an interview have since stalled.
It would be the first subpoenas for the two FBI officials, Jim Rybicki and Carl Ghattas, after the Justice Department repeated in a letter this week that it won’t permit the two men to testify.