by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton | May 11, 2017 9:41 am
In a surprising and somewhat confounding move, House Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) has requested the Department of Justice expand their investigation of the FBI’s actions in the Hillary Clinton email scandal to include the dismissal of now former FBI Director James Comey. I can’t really wrap my head around this one, unless Chaffetz knows something I don’t know. There are moving parts to this whole affair that are hidden, that much I can say for certain.
Chaffetz had earlier announced that he would not be seeking re-election to the House of Representatives, spurring many to speculate if the ongoing controversy at the White House had forced him to leave office. But he denies that allegation… in fact, his response is that he is having foot surgery and he will be incapacitated for a time. Others speculate that he is readying a run for political office. I guess we will see.
House Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) called Wednesday for the investigation into alleged improprieties by the FBI in the 2016 election expand to include the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
Chaffetz sent letter with the request to Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
Chaffetz Statement on Comey Firing via @gopoversight https://t.co/fjOQBqdHcc
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) May 11, 2017
“Previously I asked Inspector General Horowitz to review the FBI’s actions in advance of the 2016 election,” the statement read. “Today I sent a letter urging IG Horowitz to expand the scope of his review to include the decision to fire Director Comey. I look forward to receiving the IG’s findings.”
“I request that you expand the scope of your office’s ongoing review of allegations regarding certain actions by the Department of Justice and the FBI in advance of the 2016 election to include the facts and circumstances surrounding the removal of Director Comey,” the letter read.
Chaffetz cited the reasoning for the firing by the Trump administration that Comey had acted improperly when he released details about the investigation in Hillary’s emails a week before the election.
“You separately stated ‘if circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider including other issues that may arise during the course of the review.’ The recommendation to remove Comey indeed warrants such consideration,” Chaffetz concluded.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also threatened to force a vote calling for an independent probe into the alleged Russian meddling in the election if Republicans didn’t bring it to a vote. But that is just political posturing. It’s like the demand for a special prosecutor for the Russian dust up even though there is no evidence there to support that.
When it comes right down to it, the FBI Director serves at the pleasure of the President. He can be fired at any time for any reason. The method in which Comey was relieved of duty was not cool and came off as petty. And frankly, he should have been let go months ago. But the President was well within his powers to do what he did and no… this isn’t comparable to Nixon’s administration and no, this isn’t unconstitutional. Some are whispering that Trump let Comey go to actually protect Hillary Clinton. I have a very hard time believing that. But things will come to the surface here. What a mess.
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