By Nick Confessore / Reuters The Senate Intelligence Committee has begun an intensive process to interview witnesses about the Russia collusion probe, including members of Trump campaign aides and the president himself, sources familiar with the matter told Recode.
The committee, which is expected to hold a public hearing in January, will interview former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates in the coming weeks, the sources said.
The panel has also interviewed former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, White House Counsel Donald McGahn, and FBI Director James Comey, who is expected also to appear in person, the source said.
The Senate panel has subpoenaed Manafort, who was paid millions of dollars by a pro-Trump foreign policy firm during the 2016 campaign, as part of its Russia investigation, a Senate source familiar with their inquiry told Recodecode on Monday.
The committee is also examining Trump’s former campaign chair, former national security adviser, and former campaign manager, as well as former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and former Trump speechwriter Boris Epshteyn.
Trump has been under intense scrutiny over his dealings with Russia during the campaign.
But his alleged role in the alleged Russian collusion probe is the first to be directly connected to the president.
Trump has been a longtime critic of the committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
In an interview with Fox News in March, Trump said he “didn’t know the Russian connection” to the 2016 election.
The president has previously denied any wrongdoing, and said he is “not aware of anything” that would implicate him.
Trump also denied that he ever met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in December and January during the presidential transition.
The White House has denied any contact with Russian officials.