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Sen. Johnson: Additional Subpoenas Coming in Crossfire Hurricane Review

More subpoenas are coming in the investigation of the FBIs probe into President Donald Trumps 2016 campaign, a top Republican senator said on Sunday.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), the chairman on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, blamed the delay in using authorization granted to him by committee members on agencies he said refused to produce documents despite repeated requests.

“I have the authority to subpoena 33 different individuals. James Comey, Clapper, Brennan—those folks are on the list. What has delayed my interviews with those individuals is, we dont have the documents,” he said on Fox News “Sunday Morning Futures.”

“How can you sit down and conduct a thorough interview when you dont have, for example, the two documents that were just revealed over the last week?” he added, including one document that suggests the FBI misled Congress on the reliability of the infamous Steele dossier. “So we absolutely need those documents. That is what the FBI has been so successful at hiding the ball on.”

Johnson last week subpoenaed the FBI, demanding records related to the origins of the probe between Trumps campaign and Russia. The senator said Sunday hes also issued a subpoena for Jonathan Winer, a former State Department official.

“And additional subpoenas will be forthcoming,” he said.

Johnson has drawn criticism from people who believe hes been lax since convincing all seven Republican colleagues on his committee to grant him authorization to issue subpoenas to dozens of Obama era officials and for a number of documents.

“You guys have blown the time,” radio host Hugh Hewitt told the senator in a recent interview, speaking of Johnson and Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). “Its like they ran the four corners offense against you and youve run out of time.”

Johnson highlighted efforts to gain information voluntarily, something he said committee members pushed him to do.

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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) arrives for the Republican policy luncheon at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington on March 19, 2020. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

Four of the seven other Republicans re-affirmed their support for Johnsons subpoena power after the contentious interview, including Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah).

Asked directly on Sunday if Romney is blocking him, Johnson said no.

“Weve had that authority for a couple of months. But they also wanted me to voluntarily get this information,” he said.

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