House Republicans give AG Sessions an ultimatum: Investigate Clinton-Comey or resign

The many questions surrounding the relationship between former FBI Director James Comey and the Hillary Clinton campaign during the 2016 election have reached a boiling point. Congress and the American people want answers.

But while the Mueller-led special counsel team meanders, there is uncertainty about whether issues like the Uranium One deal and fusion GPS will receive a thorough investigation.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Republican lawmakers are calling him to probe former FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

In response to the silence from the Justice Department, Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to name a special counsel to investigate Comey’s handling of the election.

If Sessions won’t do it, Reps. Jordan and Gaetz say he should resign.

The Congressmen–both of whom sit on the Judiciary Committee–published their ultimatum in a Fox News op-ed Monday.

The lawmakers enumerated a long list of questionable activities by James Comey, Obama-era Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and others.

“Why in 2016 did FBI Director James Comey call the Clinton Investigation a “matter,” not an investigation? After all, Mr. Comey wasn’t Director of the Federal Bureau of Matters.

“Why in 2016 did FBI Director Comey begin drafting an exoneration letter for Secretary Clinton, whom he called “grossly negligent” in an early draft of the letter, before completing the investigation? Before interviewing several witnesses? And before interviewing Secretary Clinton?

“Why in 2016 did James Comey and the Justice Department give Cheryl Mills, Secretary Clinton’s Chief of Staff, an immunity agreement for turning over her laptop computer? Typically, the Department would issue a subpoena or get a warrant and seize it. Why in this case did the FBI agree to destroy the laptop?”

Jordan and Gaetz targeted Loretta Lynch, specifically her meeting with former President Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac–and subsequently emailing public relations staff at the Justice Department under the pseudonym “Elizabeth Carlisle.”

The conservative firebrands questioned Comey’s role in the creation and distribution of the infamous Russian dossier.

“Why in 2016 did the FBI pay for the Russian Dossier? It’s been reported that in addition to the Clinton Campaign and the Democratic National Committee paying FusionGPS for the dossier, the FBI also “reimbursed” Christopher Steele, author of the dossier.

“Why was FusionGPS co-founder Glenn Simpson meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya both before and after her meeting with Donald Trump, Jr.?

“Why is the FBI so reluctant to tell Congress and the American people if the dossier was the basis for a FISA court order permitting the government to spy on Americans associated with President Trump’s campaign? If the dossier was a legitimate intelligence document relied on by the court, then why not just tell the country?”

Even Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who served as FBI Director prior to James Comey, did not escape the scrutiny of Reps. Jordan and Gaetz.

“Why is the Special Counsel Robert Mueller? According to The Hill and Circa News, in 2009 and 2010, the FBI through an informant learned Russian companies seeking to do business in the United States were involved in kickbacks and bribes. Yet, FBI Director Robert Mueller did not inform Congress and did not inform the Committee of Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the entity responsible for the decision on whether to approve the Uranium One deal.

“Why did Robert Mueller not inform CFIUS? And why did the Justice Department put a gag order on the informant?”

Finally, they set their sights on Sessions, asking “why won’t Attorney General Jeff Sessions—the person with the visibility and responsibility to answer these questions—do his job?”

Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan (R-OH) is one of the leading voices pushing for Attorney General Sessions to create a probe to look into James Comey.

Jordan and Gaetz made clear what Sessions’ options are.

“It’s time for Jeff Sessions to name a Special Counsel and get answers for the American people. If not, he should step down.”

The Attorney General is set to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.


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