Eleven members of Congress called for a criminal investigation of top former Obama administration officials, including Hillary Clinton, James Comey, and Loretta Lynch.
The lawmakers referred a total of eight officials for criminal investigation in an April 18 letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray. Representative Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) released the letter on Wednesday.
The letter lists a battery of potential criminal violations, all of which are punishable by fines and prison time. Lawmakers cite evidence that has surfaced since President Donald Trump took office.
In the preface to the alleged crimes, the lawmakers stress that investigations into the Trump campaign and that of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were marked with “dissimilar degrees of zealousness.”
“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 lawmakers wrote.
The congressmen accuse Comey, the former FBI director, of investigative misconduct and obstruction in the Clinton email investigation for his decision to exonerate Clinton before interviewing her and 17 other key witnesses. They also accuse him of perjury for lying about that decision under oath. Comey also leaked classified information to a friend with the intention of getting it to the media, lawmakers say.
They also demand a criminal investigation into Clinton, the former Secretary of State and presidential candidate, for concealing campaign payments she made through a law firm to Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm tasked with creating the infamous Steele dossier filled with false and unverified claims about President Donald Trump.
The lawmakers accuse Lynch, the former attorney general, of obstruction and improper investigative misconduct for threatening a Uranium 1 informant with reprisal if he spoke to investigators. They charge that then-deputy director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, lied under oath on several occasions and authorized a leak in violation of FBI policy. Sessions fired McCabe based on the same allegations.
The letter also recommends an investigation into top FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page for their involvement in removing President Barack Obama’s name from the exoneration statement in the Clinton email probe.
Citing a prior criminal investigation referral by Rep. Devin Nunes, the congressmen also accuse Comey, McCabe, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, and former Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente of signing a warrant application to surveil Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page. That warrant application was based largely on the unverified Steele dossier. The four officials are accused of depriving Page of his rights and of investigative misconduct.
Several members of the House Freedom Caucus signed the letter, including Reps. Dave Brat (R-Mich.), Andy Harris (R-Maryland), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Jeff Duncan (R-South Carolina), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Jody Hice (R-Georgia) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.). Representatives Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Claudia Tenney (R-New York) also signed.
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