The House Intelligence Committee has invited and, when he declined, sent a subpoena to a progressive journalist who has interviewed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The committee wants New York radio host Randy Credico to appear and be questioned on matters related to the committee's investigation into "Russian active measures directed at the 2016 U.S. election." And the committee is telling Credico to produce any records of anything related to the topic.
Credico is a journalist who interviewed Assange, a journalist/publisher. With its explicit guarantees of a free press, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects all journalists, including ones the government doesn’t like. Credico says that the only materials he has are his journalistic notes.
At the same time, RootsAction has learned that the Senate Intelligence Committee has asked another witness to appear and to produce, among other things, documentation of any communications with anyone Russian -- not just with the government of Russia.
It looks like this has gotten out of hand. Any investigation should have limits.
When Congress appears to be targeting people for political purposes, including to needlessly worsen U.S.-Russia hostility, the U.S. public needs to stand up and put a stop to it.
Journalism and legal interactions with people who are Russian simply are not crimes.
It is up to us to demand that “Russiagate” investigations be conducted within reasonable limits and not become a tool for political theater and harassment of journalists or dissidents.
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> Congressional Letter to Randy Credico
> Flashpoints: Randy Credico Called To Testify
> AlterNet: House Intel Committee to Subpoena Leftist Comedian and Civil Rights Activist Randy Credico in Russia Investigation
> Dennis J Bernstein, Consortiumnews: Russia-gate Inquisitors Subpoena Journalist