May 21, 2020 – Washington – Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) inserted a statement into the committee record on the authorization for subpoenas relating to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. The full statement follows:
“Mr. Chairman, I will have more to say on these agenda items when we vote on them at our next markup. But I would like to make a few remarks now on the subpoena motion listed on the agenda.
I take real exception to this motion.
It is an end-run around committee rules. Our subpoena rule allows issuance of a subpoena by the chair ‘with the agreement of the ranking member or a vote of the committee.’ This is Rule IX of our current rules, which we adopted by unanimous consent in 2017.
The chair’s motion does not require my agreement or a vote on a specific subpoena. Rather, it would allow the chair to issue any subpoena that he wants ‘after…