Senate committee approves subpoenas, depositions for Obama DOJ officials

Senate committee approves subpoenas, depositions for Obama DOJ officials

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee voted along party lines Wednesday to authorize subpoenas for Obama-era Justice Department officials, including Andrew McCabe and Bruce Ohr, for its probes into the origins of the FBI’s Russia collusion investigation and the “unmasking” of former Trump adviser Michael Flynn.

In an 8-6 vote, the panel authorized Chairman Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, to issue subpoenas and schedule depositions for roughly 40 individuals.

The vote also allowed Mr. Johnson to schedule depositions with scores of Obama officials he was authorized to subpoena in June.

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Democrats on the committee said those subpoenas violated committee rules because Mr. Johnson was trying to set up depositions without formally notifying minority members. The vote Wednesday gave Mr. Johnson the power to schedule those closed-door depositions.

Mr. Johnson slammed Democrats, saying voting to authorize the depositions was “based on an absurd interpretation of committee rules.”

Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan, the top Democrat on the committee, blasted

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