An investigation into former FBI director James Comey’s leaking activities and the apparent mishandling of a federal investigation by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee.
The Judiciary Committee authorized the investigation in a 16-13 vote along partisan lines, and it’s already begun requesting documents and information related to Comey’s leaks of conversations he had with President Trump before he was fired. Democrats on the committee were reportedly outraged that the probe is going forward.
“This is the most astonishing moment I’ve ever experienced in the Judiciary Committee,” said Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.). “To take a question about the firing of James B. Comey and turn it into a question about Hillary Clinton? The chairman has left the room. Justice has left this room. Common sense has left this room. A lot of stuff has left this room, and maybe never entered it.”
Representatives Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), and Mike Johnson (R-La.) sponsored the amendment, which approved the opening of the Judiciary Committee investigation on Wednesday. However, the whole thing hinges on the cooperation of those being investigated, as well as House Speaker Paul Ryan, who does have the power to stop it.
“There is little question that members of Obama’s administration repeatedly broke protocol throughout their investigations into Hillary Clinton,” Johnson told Breitbart News in an emailed statement. “What is unclear, however, is why we have received few answers over the past twelve months to our questions about their actions, especially concerning the former attorney general and FBI director. The House Judiciary Committee has continued to seek answers on various issues of interest stemming from their hearings and oversight responsibilities. This is simply an effort to finally get some of those important questions answered.”
Breitbart first reported the investigation on Tuesday, when a draft copy of the amendment was circulated. “The probe is wide-ranging and includes a mandate for the House Judiciary Committee to dig deep into Lynch’s order to Comey that he should refer to the criminal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s illicit email server as a ‘matter,’ not an ‘investigation,'” according to the report.
The probe also will attempt to obtain documents regarding Comey’s communication with his friend, Columbia University Law Professor Daniel Richman, whom he used to leak to the media details of conversations he had with President Trump. Comey admitted under oath that his intention was to use media pressure from those leaks to inspire the launching of the special counsel investigation of the Russia scandal. It worked, and now that special counsel investigation is being led by Comey’s longtime friend, former FBI director Robert Mueller.
The investigation is expected to dig into Comey’s decision to “usurp the authority” of Lynch by making his “unusual announcement” that Hillary Clinton would not face criminal charges over the email scandal. It will also attempt to find out what Comey knew about Fusion GPS, the company which commissioned the fake news anti-Trump dossier that Comey brought to Trump’s attention when he was president-elect.
Any “collusion” between Comey and Mueller will be part of the investigation as well as questions regarding Comey’s potential knowledge of “unmasking” of intelligence and surveillance collected on Trump’s campaign or transition teams, specifically looking at the role former National Security Adviser Susan Rice played in that.
Potential immunity deals given to “co-conspirators” in Hillary Clinton’s email server scandal, including Cheryl Mills, Heather Samuelson, and John Bentel will also be looked at.
And that’s not all, the investigation also plans to probe the Clinton Foundation’s influence from foreign governments and will specifically look into the Uranium One deal exposed in “Clinton Cash”— whereby Russians obtained ownership in U.S. uranium assets.
Last but not least, the investigation will delve into that infamous tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch in Phoenix at Sky Harbor International Airport.
According to Biggs, the American people want answers to these questions.
“My constituents ask the same questions that so many people want to know the answer to, and that is why have all these investigations stopped?” he told Breitbart on Tuesday. “There was a whole lot of fire there and they just seemed to end when the new administration came in and I think there’s two or three reasons: Number one, I think you want justice, and that leads to number two—if you don’t have justice and you’re not following the rule of law then government and lawmakers and those who enforce the law are held in derision by the public. They lose faith and confidence in those they elect and so I think this is really important to get back to those basics and find out what happened and so that’s why I think it’s important.”
Gaetz added, “It’s time for Republicans in Congress to start playing offense.
“For the past several years, Democrats have obstructed justice and blocked every Congressional investigation imaginable,” Jordan noted. “Now they want to investigate? Ok, let’s investigate! Both parties have criticized James Comey over the past year for his performance as FBI director. Even Sen. Feinstein says there should be an investigation into Loretta Lynch and James Comey’s handling of the Clinton investigation. Let’s have a special counsel for that and see how serious Congressional Democrats are about getting to the truth.”
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