Now that the Senate Intelligence Committee has come to a bipartisan consensus in finding no evidence of cooperation between the Trump campaign and Russian government, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee are seeking to reinvigorate their panel’s investigation.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) confirmed the GOP minority submitted the names of roughly a dozen individuals to subpoena to possibly corroborate accusations of political bias at the FBI.
Per the Washington Examiner:
Nunes, the ranking member of the committee, cautioned he has little hope in Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., taking him up on the request made during last week’s closed business meeting, but he stressed that plans are moving forward regardless to investigate alleged political bias in the FBI.
“We are going to continue to call people in for interviews,” he said in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity. “Just last week, the new chairman of the committee said that he is going to reopen the Russia investigation. We offered about a dozen subpoenas of people that we wanted to subpoena. We don’t expect for them to subpoena the people that we want, but at every attempt that we can, at every opportunity that we get, we will make attempts to subpoena these people to come in and speak.”
He also said the GOP minority will ask people to come in voluntarily and speak.
Nunes said these interviews will bolster the work already begun last year by a joint GOP task force comprised of the Judiciary Committee and the Oversight Committee. During an interview with the Hill.TV that aired Monday, he said staff from the House Intelligence Committee have joined the effort, poring over more than a dozen transcripts as they consider making criminal referrals.
Despite lacking subpoena power, the expected confirmation of attorney general nominee William Barr this week should bolster Republican resolve.