Senate Committee will subpoena witnesses in Russia probe by next week

Richard Burr, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is quickly moving forward with his investigation into Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.

Sen. Burr (R-North Carolina) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia), the committee’s ranking member, both gave an update on the investigation Wednesday afternoon. While no details of the investigation have been publicly released as of this writing, both senators promised that as many as 20 witnesses would be called to testify before the committee starting next week. According to CNN, five witnesses have already been scheduled to come before the committee.

“This one is one of the biggest investigations the Hill has seen in my time here,” Burr told reporters during a Wednesday press conference.

Sen. Burr said the committee would be issuing subpoenas asking witnesses to come forward, and hinted that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn — whom President Trump asked to resign following revelations that he had unsanctioned conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak — would be one of the witnesses.

“It would be safe to say we have had conversations with a lot of people, and it would be safe to say General Flynn is a part of that list,” Burr said.

During the press conference, Sen. Warner didn’t divulge any of the discoveries his committee made thus far, but did say that a foreign power did interfere in a presidential election specifically for the benefit of a particular candidate, and that what the committee has learned so far would send a chill down the spine of every American who cares about the Democratic process, according to reporters present at the conference.

Burr’s counterpart in the House, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California), is in the midst of a firestorm of controversy surrounding his one-on-one briefing with President Trump about his alleged claim that his residence in New York City was wiretapped during the presidential transition period. Rep. Nunes later walked back those claims. All previously scheduled hearings on Trump and Russia have been put on hold by Nunes, who has so far refused to step down as chair of the House Intelligence Committee despite calls from leading Democrats to do so.

 

Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.