GOP senators on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs panel may be blocking subpoenas for former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, and other figures who were involved in the investigation into President Donald Trumps 2016 campaign, said Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).
“We had a number of my committee members that were highly concerned about how this looks politically,” the Wisconsin GOP senator told radio host Hugh Hewitt. He was asked by Hewitt to identified those Republicans by name.
But Johnson said, “Im just not going to be naming names that way.” Johnson had been pressing to issue the subpoenas for the former Obama administration officials.
In the interview, he said that he needs the support of eight Republicans to advance subpoenas in the case.
Johnson emphasized that he needs the unanimous support of his committees eight Republicans to advance any subpoenas—one defection would likely result in a 7-7 deadlock with the committees six Democrats. “If I lose one, I lose the vote,” Johnson said.
The Republicans currently on the panel include Sens. Rob Portman (Ohio), Rand Paul (Ky.), James Lankford (Okla.), Mitt Romney (Utah), Rick Scott (Fla.), Michael Enzi (Wyo.), and Josh Hawley (Mo.).
A spokesperson for Johnson later told Politico that Johnsons exchange with Hewitt was a misunderstanding, saying that he is “committed to running a thorough investigation.”
“Committee members want Chairman Johnson to attempt to get voluntary compliance, and also to be fully prepared for interviews by obtaining necessary documents, before compelling testimony,” the spokesman told the website. “Chairman Johnson has been working for months to gather documents and information from witnesses on a voluntary basis, but will subpoena witnesses when necessary—and as Read More From Source