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GOP Senate's subpoena power 'unprecedented': Feinstein

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Published on June 11, 2020 - Duration: 01:06s

GOP Senate's subpoena power 'unprecedented': Feinstein

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, who is the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Thursday urged her colleagues on a Senate panel to vote against a resolution granting subpoena authority to the Republican Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, calling it 'unprecedented'.

The Republican-led panel however ended up approving it in the end.

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GOP Senate's subpoena power 'unprecedented': Feinstein

"This is really unprecedented at least in my 26 years.

The resolution would give the chair sole authority to issue literally hundreds of subpoenas without any agreement from the ranking member or any committee vote on any specific subpoena as required by committee rules," Feinstein said before the vote.

A divided Senate Judiciary Committee approved sweeping subpoena power on Thursday for a politically charged congressional probe of an FBI investigation into President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and its contacts with Russia.

The Republican-led panel voted 12-10 along party lines to grant its chairman, Senator Lindsey Graham, authority to subpoena dozens of former Obama administration officials including former FBI Director James Comey and former national security adviser Susan Rice.

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