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.
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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