Former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe can expect a call from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham asking them to testify before his panel that is looking into the origins of the Russia probe.
During a Wednesday night appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity,” Graham said he would “absolutely” call on Comey and McCabe to testify before his committee in September.
“I’ve got three weeks between now and August break,” Graham said. “We’ve done about six interviews.”
Last month, the committee held an open hearing where former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified. The former DOJ official said that he would not have signed a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant renewal application for former Trump campaign aide Carter Page if he had known there were “significant errors” in the application.
Behind closed doors, the committee heard from Justice Department official Bruce Ohr behind closed doors. Ohr was subpoenaed as part of an investigation into the Russia probe and the FBI’s alleged abuse of FISA in obtaining warrants to conduct surveillance against Page.
It is unclear who else the committee has interviewed.
Subpoenas were approved for any documents, communications and testimony from current and former officials, including McCabe, Ohr, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, former FBI officials Lisa Page, Peter Strzok, James Baker and Bill Priestap, among others.
Graham said he plans to hold “multiple, in-depth congressional hearings regarding all things related to Crossfire Hurricane.” The FBI nicknamed its investigation into the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election Crossfire Hurricane.
The panel will first “deal with the government’s decision to dismiss” the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn, as well as “an in-depth analysis of the unmasking requests made by Obama administration officials against Gen. Flynn.”
Graham said the second part of the investigation will take place later this summer. Phase Two will focus on FISA abuses outlined by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Graham said part of the investigation will focus on the FISA warrants obtained against Page.
The committee also will look at "whether Robert Mueller should have ever been appointed as special counsel,” Graham added.
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