The Republican members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee voted along party lines to subpoena a list of Obama administration officials involved in the spying of President Trump, and the attempted election interference carried out by intelligence agencies under the former president.
The Street Journal outlined the abuse of power investigation:
The Senate Homeland Security committee voted to subpoena many names familiar to those who have been following the slew of investigations, including former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, along with Comey and two former FBI agents…
The subpoenas were approved along party lines and are part of the panel’s ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ probe.
Additionally, the panel is seeking information on the Justice Department inspector general’s review of the origins of the Russia probe and the ‘unmasking’ of officials affiliated with the 2016 Trump campaign.
‘Crossfire Hurricane’ was the government’s code name for its counterintelligence investigation into Trump’s 2016 campaign.
[This investigation was based on opposition research conducted by the Clinton campaign, and weaponized to manipulate the secret FISA court.]
Trump has repeatedly charged Barack Obama with ‘spying’ on his campaign and used the existence of ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ to argue there was a ‘deep state’ working against his chances to become president.
Earlier this summer the committee authorized subpoenas for the majority of the individuals that were named on Wednesday. This vote was the final go ahead, leaving decisions on timing and scheduling to Johnson.
John Durham, a U.S. Attorney, is heading a criminal inquiry into the Russia investigation for the Justice Department at the request of Attorney General Bill Barr.
Democrats have charged the probes are politically motivated and aimed at helping Trump’s re-election chances.
The Senate panel wants to speak to witnesses and obtain documents related to Durham’s probe.
OBAMA OFFICIALS SUBPOENAED BY SENATE
- former CIA Director John Brennan
- former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper
- former FBI Director James Comey
- Sidney Blumenthal
- former Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough
- former FBI counsel Lisa Page
- former FBI agent Joe Pientka
- former ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power
- former FBI director of counterintelligence Bill Priestap
- former White House national security adviser Susan Rice
- former FBI agent Peter Strzok
- former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmit
- James Baker
- former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
- DOJ official Bruce Ohr
- FBI case agent Steven Somma
- former U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Teftt
- former deputy assistant attorney general Tashina Gauhar
- Stefan Halper
Durham’s investigation came about after a report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found ‘significant inaccuracies and omissions’ in the FBI’s application to a court to obtain permission to monitor Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Horowitz report found that the decision the FBI made to investigate the campaign had not motivated by political bias.
Durham, meanwhile, is completing a separate report into how the FBI’s Russia investigation.
It’s unclear when that report will be released. His work has been slowed by the coronavirus pandemic.
[Incidentally, recent documents show that the Mueller investigation deliberately ‘accidentally’ erased over 20 devices used by officials on the case.]
OPERATION CROSSFIRE HURRICANE
Comey, as FBI director, authorized Operation Crossfire Hurricane, which was the agency’s counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russian officials trying to interfere in the president election.
It was a joint investigation by the FBI, the CIA and the National Security Agency.
It was sparked by information that George Papadopoulos, an adviser to Trump’s campaign, claimed the Russians had damaging material on Hillary Clinton. [Which was not credible.]
Many experts argue that the entire operation was bogus from beginning to end, and that the massive abuses of power are akin to treason.