The House Judiciary Committee voted yesterday to probe former FBI Director James Comey, Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice. The announcement came after President Trump criticized current Attorney General Jeff Sessions for adopting “a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes.”
“If it’s in the public interest to investigate the Trump administration, it is most certainly in the public interest to investigate the real crimes by the real criminals,” Committee Member Matt Gaetz (R-F) said on Wednesday.
Among other things, the probe will look at Comey’s decision to leak private conversations he had with President Trump to a university professor, and at the factors behind his decision to “usurp the authority” of Lynch when he announced that Clinton would not be prosecuted for her “careless” conduct. The Committee will also want to know why Comey decided not to investigate Crooked Hillary’s selling of “access to the U.S. State Department through Clinton Foundation donations,” “Huma Abedin’s dual employment at the State Department and the Clinton Foundation simultaneously,” as well as the “utilization of the State Department to further paid speaking opportunities for [Bill Clinton].” The ex intelligence chief will also be questioned about the role Rice played in the unorthodox unmasking of Trump campaign and transition staff.
The Clintons and the Clinton Foundation will also be investigated. The probe will try to establish whether the sale of Uranium One was influenced by donations made to the Foundation, will dig deeper into the Lynch/Clinton “social” meeting at Sky Harbor International Airport, and will also focus on the immunity deals the FBI gave to a number of Clinton aides. Referring to the Phoenix airport meeting, Gaetz reiterated that potential crimes should not be brushed under the carpet.
“Just because Hillary Clinton lost the election doesn’t mean we should forget or forgive conduct that is likely criminal. We need an investigation of Tarmac-Gate,” he stressed.
With regard to Lynch, the Committee is of course expected to ask her among other things why she urged Comey to refer to the Clinton investigation as a “matter” only.
To explain the panel’s decision, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said that the Committee was determined to “investigat[e] anything out of either campaign that could be collusion.”
At the time of writing, it was unclear whether House Speaker Paul Ryan would allow the probe to go ahead.Share