In a major turn of events, GOP members of the House Judiciary Committee hijacked a resolution created by Democrats on the committee to investigate the firing of James Comey, into an investigation of potential crimes from the previous administration.
Republicans on the committee plan to focus on what Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) called the "Clinton Foundation functionally selling access to the State Department." Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) also sponsored the resolution and wants to probe former FBI director James Comey's interactions with Loretta Lynch. Jordan questioned Lynch's meeting on a Phoenix tarmac with Bill Clinton days before Hillary Clinton's interview with the FBI about her private email server. Jordan also wants to probe why Comey agreed with Lynch to consider the FBI's inquest about Clinton's email server a "matter" rather than an "investigation."
In an interview with Sean Hannity last night, Freedom Caucus chairman, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), said after the focus on President Trump and Russia's interference in the US election, officials have discovered more information that implicates the Democratic Party and the US government's interference in the election in an effort to elect Hillary Clinton.
Meadows said the US is a nation of laws, referring to host Sean Hannity's common refrain of "equal justice under the law." He said more information has come to light since the election to show that "indeed, there was a government trying to interfere in an election; it was the United States government trying to make sure Hillary Clinton was the next President, so we need to get to the bottom of that," he said.
After winning the vote on partisan lines, 16-13, the Judiciary Committee posted about their victory on Facebook: "Today we called on Attorney General Sessions to appoint a second investigator to get to the bottom of actions taken by Obama Administration officials like AG Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, and Secretary Hillary Clinton."
The resolution was created by Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Jim Jordan (Ohio) and Mike Johnson (La.). The resolution now moves to the House floor for final approval.
Letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions calls for a new investigation
Today, the committee followed-up yesterday's approval of H. Res. 446, to request documents pertaining to the FBI's investigation of former Secretary Clinton.
In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the committee expressed concern about the narrow scope of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump's relationship with Russia. In the letter, the committee said the concerns arising out of the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath are not being investigated. The committee called for an appointment of a second special counsel to investigate "grave concerns" such as:
former Attorney General Lynch’s directive to former FBI Director Comey to mislead the American people on the nature of the investigation into former Secretary Clinton; the FBI and Justice Department’s investigative decisions related to the Clinton email investigation, including the immunity deals given to potential co-conspirators; selected leaks of classified information that unmasked U.S. persons incidentally collected upon by the intelligence community; and the FBI’s reliance on "Fusion GPS" in its investigation of the Trump campaign, among many others issues.