House Intelligence Committee opens investigation into DOJ, FBI

Source: Washington Examiner | January 29, 2018 | Kelly Cohen

The House Intelligence Committee, led by Republicans, has opened a new investigation into both the Department of Justice and the FBI.

Ranking Member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told reporters the Democratic minority was informed of the apparently new investigations Monday night “for the first time.”

According to committee rules, the majority has to consult with the minority before opening an investigation.

Schiff said Monday night there was no such consultation.

“We learned about that for the first time here today,” Schiff said. “Now it has been publicly reported from time to time that there was a subset of the majority working on some kind of an investigation or inquiry into the Department of Justice and FBI, but apparently [Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif.,] made it formal today, according to the majority, the FBI’s under investigation and so is the Department ofJustice.”

Schiff called the investigations “a wholesale broadside” against the Justice Department and FBI.

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Politico reported in December a small group of GOP members on the committee had been meeting secretly to investigate the Justice Department and FBI’s handling of the dossier and hoped to release a detailed report of their findings in early 2018.

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    All of this is for an ultimate goal of shutting down the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, along with any collusion or obstruction.

    In order to do that, however, the Department of Justice and the FBI – two agencies that have worked in conjunction to keep the nation free from threats, both international and domestic – must be discredited, destroyed, brought down, and replaced with something more akin to a secret police force, accountable only to the Trump crown.

    With that in mind, the House Intelligence Committee, chaired by Nunes, has announced an investigation into both the Justice Department and the FBI.

    The rules for beginning an investigation state that the majority party must consult with the minority party before launching an investigation. That apparently didn’t happen.

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