Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican and Judiciary Committee chairman, said Tuesday that Obama administration officials will be called to testify before the November election — with Sally Yates agreeing voluntarily to come in August.
Ms. Yates, who served as acting attorney general for a short period after President Trump won the 2016 election, will testify before Mr. Graham’s committee on Aug. 5.
“I think she will have some interesting testimony. And Comey and McCabe, we are looking at September to call them,” Mr. Graham told The Washington Times, referring to former FBI Director James B. Comey and former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe.
The South Carolina Republican noted that it’s possible former special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony could come later, toward the end of the committee’s probe into the FBI and the Justice Department’s handling of the Crossfire Hurricane probe, which looked at the Trump campaign’s purportedly conspiring with Russian officials during the 2016 election.
Mr. Mueller’s roughly two-year investigation found no evidence of such a conspiracy.In June, the Judiciary Committee voted to authorize Mr. Graham’s issuance of subpoenas looking into the FISA process. Republicans have claimed Obama administration officials abused the process to surveil Trump campaign officials.
Besides Mr. Comey and Mr. McCabe, Mr. Graham also plans to obtain documents, communications and testimony from former Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper and former CIA Director John O. Brennan.
The Judiciary Committee is not the only probe into Obama-era conduct.Republican Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Charles E. Grassley of Iowa have been looking into the unmasking of Mr. Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
The two men — the respective chairmen of the Senate’s Homeland Security and Finance committees — also have been reviewing the conduct of Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
Recent reports suggest Mr. Johnson has been looking to subpoena former Biden advisers for testimony related to the former vice president’s son’s role sitting on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company where he made roughly $80,000 a month without having any previous experience in that industry.