For years now, the Trump administration and their pals in Congress have been curious as to what, exactly, the Obama administration was up to at the end of the 2016 election and, more specifically, what role the FBI may have played in the mess.
Much of this concern stems from a series of events that took place at the Bureau, beginning with the use of an unverified and unverifiable “dossier” of rumors about Donald Trump’s sex life to enact a FISA warrant, essentially allowing the FBI to “spy” on the Trump campaign. Yes, it’s as dirty as it sounds, and the entire fiasco has been a sticking point for the Republicans ever since they caught wind of it.
This week, conservatives in Congress took a major step toward getting the information that they seek.
The Republican chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a subpoena to FBI Director Christopher Wray for records related to the bureau’s Russia probe, the first stemming from Senate Republicans’ examination into the origins of the FBI’s investigation and links between Democrats and Ukraine.
The subpoena from Senator Ron Johnson, obtained by CBS News, is dated August 6 and compels Wray to produce “all records related to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation,” referring to the FBI’s counterintelligence probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and ties between Trump campaign aides and Russia. A subpoena is also being prepared for Jonathan Winer, a former deputy assistant secretary of state, Johnson said.
Among the documents Johnson is seeking from Wray are “all records provided or made available to the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice for its review” of the FBI’s investigation, as well as “all records related to requests to the General Services Administration (GSA) or Office of the Inspector General of GSA for presidential transition records from November 2016 through December 2017.”
The move could help the Trump campaign gather some well-timed and much-needed ammunition on their long road to reelection in November.
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