The Republican chairman of the Senate Committee on Government Affairs and National Security issued a subpoena to FBI Director Christopher Wray for records related to the office’s Russia investigation, the first stemming from Senate Republicans’ examination of the origins of the FBI investigation and the ties between the Democrats and Ukraine. .
Senator Ron Johnson’s subpoena, obtained by CBS News, is dated August 6 and requires Wray to submit “all records related to the Hurricane Crossfire investigation,” in reference to the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into the Russian meddling. in the 2016 presidential election and the 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 seeks from Wray are “all records provided or made available to the Inspector General of the US Department of Justice for review” of the FBI investigation, as well as “all records related to solicitations to the General Services Administration (GSA) or the GSA Office of the Inspector General for presidential transition records from November 2016 to December 2017. ”
Johnson also released a letter on Monday defending his decision to go ahead with the subpoenas as part of the probe mounted by Senate Republicans, which is examining, among other areas, potential conflicts of interest between the Bidens and Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company. that hired Hunter Biden. . The Wisconsin Republican said he “decided to start issuing subpoenas primarily because of my strong belief that transparency in government is essential and that the American people have waited too long for the truth.”