Senate panel authorizes dozens of subpoenas, depositions for Obama-era probe

Wednesday, with a 8-6 party-line vote, Republicans in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee were able to authorize nearly three dozen subpoenas and depositions as part of an investigation into the FBI’s Russia probe and Obama officials.

Ron Johnson, chairman of the committee will now issue a mix of subpoenas and depositions to over 3 dozen individuals.

Democrats on the panel had claimed subpoenas from Senator Johnson for Obama officials violated committee rules and minority members were not being formally notified of depositions being set up.

With Wednesday’s vote, Johnson can schedule closed-door depositions.

Blasting Democrats, Johnson said the need to authorize depositions by vote was “based on an absurd interpretation of committee rules.”

Senator Mitt Romney has expressed concerns that the entire probe saying that the inquiry from the “outset had the earmarks of a political exercise.”

Romney added “Obviously, it is the province of campaigns and political parties’ opposition research, the media, to carry out political endeavors, to learn about or dust up one’s opponent. But it’s not the legitimate role of government or Congress, or for taxpayer expense to be used in an effort to damage political opponents.”

Monday, Johnson teased “Stay tuned. In about a week we’re going to learn a whole lot more of Vice President Biden’s unfitness for office.”