They’re finally going after Hillary Clinton, via former FBI Director James Comey.
And what’s brilliant about this is that House Republicans are doing this by hoisting the Democrats on their own petard (explanation below).
On July 14, 2017, Democrat Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA) introduced House Resolution 446, yet another Demonrat witch-hunt.
The resolution demands that President Trump and U.S. Attorney General (Jeff Sessions) turn over to the House all documents relating to President Trump’s firing of Comey. Please note that President Trump, as the head of the executive branch of the U.S. government, has every constitutional right to fire Comey, the FBI being a part of the Department of Justice, which is a bureaucracy within the executive branch.
HRes. 446 has 42 co-sponsors, all Democrats, which means that it has no hope of being passed by the Republican-majority House.
On the same day that Jayapal introduced HRes. 446, it was referred to the House Judicial Committee.
Yesterday, July 26, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee turned HRes. 446 inside out into a resolution for an investigation into Comey’s mishandling of the FBI’s criminal investigation into then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of an unauthorized private email server.
From True Pundit, July 26, 2017:
Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to request documents about former FBI director James Comey’s conversations with the Obama administration and journalists, amending and replacing a Democratic resolution that was designed to obtain documents about Comey’s firing by President Trump.
“In my district, my constituents say, hey, what’s going on with investigation of the crimes of the previous administration?” asked Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), one of the amendment’s sponsors. “When I hear talk that this contains right-wing conspiracies — well, I’ll tell you, my constituents think what’s going on in the other bill are left-wing conspiracy theories.”
The amendment was a surprise to Rep. Primala Jayapal (D-Wash.), the freshman who had proposed the Democratic resolution of inquiry, which had been expected to fail.
Substitute For the Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to H. Res. 446
Offered by Mr. Gaetz of Florida
Strike all that follows after the resolving clause and insert the following:
That the President is requested, and the Attorney General of the United States is directed, to transmit, respectively (in a manner appropriate to classified information, if the President or Attorney General determines appropriate), to the House of Representative, not later than 60 days after the date of adoption of this resolution, copies of any document, record, audio recording, memo, correspondence, or other communications in their possessions, or any portion of any such communication, that refers or relates to the firing of James B. Comey in the following respects:
(1) Then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch directing James B. Comey to mislead the American people by stating that he should refer to the investigation into the mishandling of classified data and use of an unauthorized email server by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a “matter”, rather than a criminal “investigation”.
(2) Leaks by James B. Comey to Columbia University law professor, Daniel Richman, regarding conversations had between President Donald Trump and then-FBI Director James B. Comey, and how the leaked information was purposefully released to lead to the appointment of special counsel, Robert Mueller, a longtime friend of James B. Comey.
(3) The propriety and consequence of immunity deals given to possible Hillary Clinton co-conspirators Cheryl Mills, Heather Samuelson, John Bentel, and potentially others, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, during the criminal investigation James B. Comey led into Hillary Clinton’s misconduct.
(4) The decision of James B. Comey to usurp the authority of then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch in his unusual announcement that criminal charges would not be brought against Hillary Clinton following her unlawful use of a private email server and mishandling of classified information.
(5) James B. Comey’s knowledge and impressions of any ex-parte [one-sided] conversation between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton on January 27, 2016, at a Phoenix airport in a private jet.
(6) James B. Comey’s knowledge of the company “Fusion GPS,” including —
(A) Its creation of a “dossier” of information about Mr. Donald Trump;
(B) That dossier’s commission and dissemination in the months before and after the 2016 Presidential Election; and
(C) The intelligence sources of Fusion GPS or any person or company working for Fusion GPS or its affiliates.
[Note: Fusion GPS is a commercial DC-based intelligence firm that conducts opposition political research on political candidates, such as on Mitt Romney. The company was hired by Planned Parenthood (PP) to investigate pro-life activists who took a series of “sting” videos showing PP selling aborted baby parts to medical researchers. In the 2016 presidential campaign, Fusion GPS was first hired by Republicans to conduct “opposition research” on Donald Trump, which ended when Trump became the GOP’s presidential nominee. Hillary Clinton then became Fusion GPS’s client to dig up dirt on Trump. Fusion GPS hired former MI-6 agent Christopher Steele to compile a dossier on Trump, which became infamous for its entirely-fake allegation that Trump had hired Russian prostitutes to urinate (“golden shower”) on a Russian hotel bed supposedly used by Obama.]
(7) Any and all potential leaks originated by James B. Comey and provided to author Michael Schmidt dating back to 1993.
(8) James B. Comey’s knowledge of —
(A) the purchase of majority stake in the company Uranium One by the company Rosatom;
(B) whether the approval of the sale was connected to any donations made to the Clinton Foundation;
(C) what role then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton played in the approval of that sale; and
(D) whether the sale could have affected the national security of the United States of America.
[Note: Uranium One is a uranium mining company, headquartered in Toronto, Canada. It has operations in Australia, Canada, Kazakhstan, South Africa and the United States. In January 2013, Russian state-owned enterprise Rosatom, through its subsidiary ARMZ Uranium Holding, purchased Uranium One for $1.3 billion. For Bill Clinton and John Podesta’s involvement in Uranium One and Rosatom, click here.]
(9) James B. Comey’s refusal to investigate then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding —
(A) selling access to the U.S. State Department through Clinton Foundation donations;
(B) Huma Abedin’s dual employment at the State Department and the Clinton Foundation simultaneously; or
(C) utilization of the State Department to further paid speaking opportunities for her husband.
(10) Any collusion between former FBI Director James B. Comey and special counsel Robert Mueller; including —
(A) the information James B. Comey admitted to leaking to the Columbia University law professor, being intentional such that a special counsel, his longtime friend, Robert Mueller, would be appointed to lead the investigation against the Trump administration; and
(B) any communication between Robert Mueller and James B. Comey in advance of the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.
(10) Whether James B. Comey had any advance knowledge of —
(A) efforts made by any federal agency —
(i) to monitor communications of then-candidate Donald Trump;
(ii) to assess any knowledge by James B. Comey about the “unmasking” of individuals on Donald Trump’s campaign team, transition team or both;
(iii) to assess the role that former National Security Adviser Susan Rice played in the unmasking of these individuals; or
(iv) to reveal the purpose served by unmasking any individual or individuals serving on the staff of then-candidate Donald Trump; or
(B) the dissemination of unredacted information to various intelligence agencies, and any attempts to use surveillance of then-candidate Donald Trump for the purposes of damaging the credibility of his campaign, his presidency, or both.
Here’s Rep. Matt Gaetz’s press release on the amended HRes. 446:
“On Wednesday, July 26, Congressman Matt Gaetz brought an amendment before the House Judiciary Committee, seeking answers to questions that have weighed heavily on the minds of American voters. In his amendment, which passed the House Judiciary Committee and has been reported favorably to the House, Rep. Gaetz requested documents and information from President Trump and Attorney General Sessions surrounding the firing of former FBI Director James B. Comey, and Mr. Comey’s knowledge of, and connection to, the many worrisome scandals of the previous administration.”
Read the rest of the press release here.
Congressmen Matt Gaetz, 35, and Andy Biggs, 58, you are my heroes!
Please thank Rep. Gaetz and Biggs. Here’s their contact info.:
Dr. Eowyn’s post first appeared at Fellowship of the Minds