The 8-6 vote authorizing committee chairman Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson to issue subpoenas also included seven additional people. The committee previously authorized Johnson in June to subpoena 33 individuals, but ranking member Michigan Sen. Gary Peters argued that the June vote didn’t actually permit the authorization – leading to the Sep. 16 actions.
According to Peters, the committee chairman has subpoenaed none of the 33 people on the June list. Johnson countered this by saying that his efforts to obtain documents on the 33 individuals have been hampered, so he has not issued more subpoenas.
The 33 individuals in the June list summoned to appear before the committee included Comey, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper. Halper, who spied on a number of individuals connected to President Trump’s campaign at the behest of the FBI, was among the seven new additions to the subpoena list. (Related: Not a single official involved in “Spygate” has yet to be indicted, much less convicted and sent to prison.)
Peters has repeatedly protested against Johnson’s moves in the investigation.
The committee chairman summoned Jonathan Winer, a former State Department official with ties to former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, in August. Steele is the author of the eponymous dossier that formed the basis of alleged Trump-Russia ties, which was eventually disproved.
Peters, meanwhile, provided excuses for Winer to ignore the subpoena despite Johnson being authorized to do so – a move the committee chairman called “inappropriate meddling.” In addition, Peters wrote that the subpoena for Winer was “in direct and clear violation of committee rules” and was “unenforceable.”
Later, the Michigan senator expressed his disappointment over the committee’s “partisan investigation” and how it discussed the authorization of subpoenas instead of “serious challenges facing Americans” due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The initial investigation into alleged Russia-Trump ties led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller from 2017–2019 led to some personalities involved in the 2016 presidential campaign facing prison terms. These included former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, President Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen and long-time friend Roger Stone – with the president commuting the latter's sentence.
A follow-up investigation by U.S. Attorney John Durham launched after the end of the Mueller probe has resulted in one indictment so far. Kevin Clinesmith, a former FBI lawyer, pleaded guilty to falsifying an email used as a basis to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. Clinesmith is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 10.
It appears both Crossfire Hurricane and Attorney Durham’s investigation are moving at a snail’s pace, with little to no indictments happening and no one facing prison terms just yet. Democrats are blocking every move by these inquiries, as seen in how Peters covered for Winer.
However, the results of Special Counsel Mueller’s probe quickly sent a number of President Trump’s associates to prison. Interestingly, Democrats are in favor of justice if it suits their purposes.
There is no such collusion between Trump and Russia: The only collusion is between Democrats and the Deep State.