Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters he has begun closed-door interviews as part of his deep dive into FISA courts and the origins of the FBI’s Russia probe.
Among the list of 20+ current and former officials Graham wants to call on are former FBI Director James Comey, and former Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein.
In December, Comey admitted he was “wrong” to say the FISA process was followed.
TheHill reports Graham confirmed to reporters that he has started the depositions, then escaped into a Senate elevator.
Graham is using his gavel to probe the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) surveillance warrants involving Trump campaign associate Carter Page and the FBI’s handling of the investigation into Russia’s election meddling and the Trump campaign.
He’s requested testimony from more than 20 current Justice Department and FBI officials.
He also wants to call former officials including former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates before his committee.
The deep dive comes amid growing concerns about the potential for abuse of the FISC after Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found 17 “significant inaccuracies and omissions” in the Page warrant application.
Some of President Trump’s biggest allies want to use a debate over soon-to-expire provisions of the USA Freedom Act to make broader changes to the surveillance court.