U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein Says Subpoena Authorization Relating to the Crossfire Hurricane Investigation is a Political ‘End-Run’ Around Judiciary Committee Rules

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May 21, 2020 – Washington – Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) inserted a statement into the committee record on Dianne Feinsteinthe 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…

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