Congressmen Request Federal Investigation of Comey, Clinton, Lynch, McCabe, Strzok, Page

By Susan Jones | April 19, 2018 | 7:08am EDT
(Photo: Screen grab/C-SPAN)

( - Eleven House Republicans on Wednesday sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and U.S. Attorney John Huber, formally asking them to investigate three members of the Obama administration -- former FBI Director James Comey: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; former Attorney General Loretta Lynch; and FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, all for "potential violations of federal statutes."

“We write to refer the following individuals for investigation of potential violation(s) of federal statutes,” the letter says. “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 11 Republicans say Comey’s decision not to seek charges against Clinton’s mishandling of classified emails suggests "improper investigative conduct, potentially motivated by a political agenda.” They also said Comey appears to have leaked classified information when he leaked memos detailing his conversations with President Trump.

The Republicans referred Hillary Clinton for “disguising payments to Fusion GPS on mandatory disclosures to the Federal Election Commission.”

They want Loretta Lynch investigated for “her decision to threaten with reprisal the former FBI informant who tried to come forward in 2016 with insight into the Uranium One deal.”

They want former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe investigated for lying and leaking to the press, as outlined in a recent report from the Justice Department inspector general.

The Republicans want FBI agents Strzok and Page investigated for “their interference” in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server.

And finally, the letter asks Sessions, Wray and Huber to investigate “all DOJ and FBI personnel responsible for signing the Carter Page warrant application that contained unverified and/or false information.”

Appearing on Fox News Wednesday night, Rep. DeSantis said, "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.

“Then you look at somebody like Andrew McCabe. He rushed in to prosecute Michael Flynn. They went in, they interviewed Flynn and prosecuted him for false statements. McCabe lied to the FBI, it is documented now, multiple times. Is there a different set of rules for McCabe?” DeSantis asked.

Appearing with DeSantis on "Hannity," Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said, "If lies were music, Jim Comey would be Beethoven. But when you lie to Congress, it’s a crime. When you leak information that’s classified, it’s a crime. And when you allow your personal politics to dictate the outcome of an investigation before even conducting the investigation in earnest, that could be obstruction of justice.

"And so in Congress, we didn't want to just sit around and hope that Jeff Sessions and others would seriously look into these matters. We wanted to specifically detail the violations of law and then demand action from our attorney general, because we cannot allow this to stand," Gaetz said.

The letter referring members of the Obama administration for prosecution was signed by DeSantis and Gaetz, as well as Reps. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Dave Brat (Va.), Jeff Duncan (S.C.), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Andy Harris (Md.) Jody Hice (Ga.), Todd Rokita (Ind.), Claudia Tenney (N.Y.), and Ted Yoho (Fla.).

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