Senate panel votes to allow subpoenas for Stefan Halper and his FBI handler

The Republican-led Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted along party lines on Wednesday to reaffirm and broaden Chairman Ron Johnson’s subpoena authority for witnesses in for an inquiry into the Russia investigation.

The panel’s June business meeting had authorized subpoenas for 33 Trump-Russia figures, and, after efforts by Democratic ranking member Sen. Gary Peters to throw up roadblocks, the Wednesday meeting reauthorized the subpoenas for all of them in an 8-6 vote, in addition to approving subpoena authorization authority for seven more possible witnesses: Cambridge professor and FBI informant Stefan Halper; Halper’s FBI handler Stephen Somma; James Baker, the director of the
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