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April 19, 2018

House Republicans Officially Request Probe of Comey, Et Al.

The letter outlines a striking list of politically partisan decisions made by Obama-era DOJ officials.

On Wednesday, 11 House Republicans sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting that he initiate a criminal investigation into former FBI Director James Comey, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page all for “potential violations of federal statutes.” The letter further states, “In doing so, we are especially mindful of the dissimilar degrees of zealousness that has marked the investigations into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, respectively. 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 “potential violations of law” the letter outlines include Comey’s handling of the Clinton email investigation, Clinton’s “disguising payments to Fusion GPS on mandatory disclosures to the Federal Election Commission,” Lynch’s “decision to threaten with reprisal the former FBI informant who tried to come forward in 2016 with insight into the Uranium One deal,” Comey and McCabe’s lying and leaking to the press, and Strzok and Page’s “interference” in the Clinton email investigation. Finally, the letter requests an investigation of “all DOJ and FBI personnel responsible for signing the Carter Page warrant application that contained unverified and/or false information.”

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), one of the letter’s signees, stated, “This is all about equal application of the law. Comey, he’s out on this book tour, acting like his values trump all, but yet he testified in front of the Congress that he didn’t exonerate Hillary until after the interview [with Clinton], when we know evidence has come out that he exonerated her two months before with the memo.”

The question now is whether this will go anywhere. The evidence presented by the House letter is certainly more compelling than anything the Democrats offered in their demand for a special counsel investigation into the Trump/Russia collusion conspiracy, to say nothing of their ridiculous pursuit of impeachment over it.

Update 4/20: In related news, reports Fox News, “The Justice Department’s internal watchdog has sent a criminal referral for fired FBI official Andrew McCabe to the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington.”

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