Eleven GOP lawmakers have now sent a criminal referral urging the Department of Justice and the FBI to investigate former FBI Director James Comey, former Attorney General Lorette Lynch, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others for “potential violations(s) of federal statutes,” reports PoliZette.
Eleven House Republicans sent the referral to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray and U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah John Huber, whom Sessions appointed to review the DOJ’s and FBI’s investigation into Clinton and other controversies.
The lawmakers listed Comey, Lynch, Clinton, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, FBI agent Peter Strzok, FBI counsel Lisa Page, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, and others as prime candidates for further investigation because of their questionable conduct during and after the 2016 presidential election.
“Because we believe that those in positions of high authority should be treated the same as every other American, we want to be sure that the potential violations of law outlined below are vetted appropriately,” the lawmakers wrote.
Reps. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz), Dave Brat (R-Va.), Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.), Andy Harris (R-Md.), Jody Hice (R-Ga.), Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.), and Ted S. Yoho (R-Fla.) signed the referral.
The lawmakers noted that Comey’s July 2016 exoneration of Clinton for the investigation into her private email server “appears to have been made prior to interviewing Secretary Clinton and as many as 17 key witnesses, including Clinton’s closest aides.” Such a predetermined conclusion “suggests improper investigative conduct, potentially motivated by a political agenda,” they argued.
“Remember, [Comey] testified to the Congress that he did not make any decision regarding Secretary Clinton until after she was interviewed,” DeSantis said Wednesday on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.” “Yet the evidence that’s come out since then demonstrates that actually, they made this determination months before not only interviewing Secretary Clinton but also interviewing a number of key witnesses.”
The 11 GOP lawmakers also took issue with Comey’s decision to leak his memos detailing key conversations with President Donald Trump to the press through a friend of his.
Comey is under particularly intense scrutiny because of his new press tour touting his new book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” and his extensive ABC interview with George Stephanopolous.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) Tuesday urging him to look into the “multiple troubling inconsistencies in the comments and testimony of James Comey.”
Meadows wrote that he found documents that “suggest a concerning level of coordination between the Department of Justice and the FBI throughout crucial moments of the investigation into [Hillary] Clinton’s private email server.”
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) April 18, 2018
Lynch should be investigated because of “her decision to threaten with reprisal the former FBI informant who tried to come forward in 2016 with insight into the Uranium One deal,” the 11 lawmakers wrote.
The controversial Obama-era Uranium One deal gave Russia control over roughly 20 percent of all U.S. supplies of a scarce resource that is essential to the nation’s defense. Clinton was secretary of state when the deal occurred, and multiple investors in Uranium One were Clinton Foundation donors with ties to her and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
McCabe drew the lawmakers’ ire when Michael Horowitz, DOJ’s inspector general (IG), concluded that McCabe lied four times to federal investigators about leaking information to The Wall Street Journal about the Clinton probe. This conclusion formed the basis of Sessions’ decision last month to fire McCabe hours before his retirement with a full pension was set to begin.
“Here’s the issue … If they are going to go after people like [former national security adviser] Michael Flynn for a false statement to the FBI on really a tangential fact that wasn’t material to any criminal offenses, but yet, you have the deputy director … lying under oath … is there going to be a similar case brought against him or do we have two different sets of rules for people?” DeSantis asked.
Strzok and Page were the two FBI officials who texted anti-Trump and pro-Clinton messages to one another while taking part in the investigations into both Trump and Clinton. Strzok also interviewed Clinton and Flynn.
“Well, if you look at those text messages, it raises a lot of alarming things, one of which is obstruction of a congressional investigation,” DeSantis warned.
Yates is under scrutiny, along with Comey, McCabe, Lynch and former acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente, for their connections to the compilation of the anti-Trump dossier authored by Christopher Steele, which the FBI used to renew surveillance warrant applications to spy on Trump campaign official Carter Page.
The dossier was paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).