Scandal has defined the House Intelligence Committee investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The details emerging from the investigation itself is a constant drip of scandalous information, the people handling the inquiry were creating scandal as well. The chair of the committee made late night visits to the White House and outlandish claims that were later shown to be false, in an apparent effort to distract from the mounting evidence. Now, months later, the committee has issued subpoenas.
The House Intelligence Committee recently summoned the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Senate Intelligence Committee. These subpoenas were issued on August 24th.
The subpoenas require both the FBI and the Senate Intelligence Committee to turn over documents with information about the controversial Trump dossier. They also requested information about the FBI’s relationship with the author of the dossier As well as asking the FBI if they had supported an opposition research project against Trump at the end of the 2016 campaign.
The committee demanded the documents be turned over by September 1st according to a Washington Examiner report. That deadline was extended to September 14th when both the FBI and Senate Intelligence committee missed the September 1st deadline.
The board issued additional subpoenas on Tuesday for FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appear to explain why the committee had not yet received the documents. “The witnesses have not been produced, and the documents have not been produced,” said Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC).
A Different Perspective
Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the Senate Judiciary Committee focus their investigations into the Russian efforts to undermine the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Meanwhile, the House Intelligence Committee remains insistent upon investigating reports that reflect negatively on the President.
It does little for the credibility of the House Intelligence Committee investigation for the committee to be more concerned with issuing subpoenas to the other investigative bodies than in securing evidence and testimony that might actually be pertinent to the Russian attack on the democracy of the United States.