Two House Panels Launch Investigation Into FBI's 2016 Decisions
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Oct 25, 2017,
Oct 25, 2017, 0:19
Without mentioning then-FBI Director James Comey by name, the lawmakers said it would review several decisions the FBI made a year ago dealing with the investigation into Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified material while secretary of State, as well as its probe of campaign associates of then-candidate Donald Trump and their ties to Russian Federation. Clinton, who was Secretary of State at the time, had to approve the deal in the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Notably, Nunes did not mention Clinton's name Tuesday as he announced his investigation - instead, he, DeSantis and Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) focused on the involvement of then-Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, and the extent to which the Justice Department and the FBI had been scrutinizing the transaction or the entities involved.
House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes said questions surrounding the potential Federal Bureau of Investigation probe would be front-and-center in the panel's inquiry.
Allegations surrounding the uranium deal resurfaced this past week when The Hill reported the FBI was investigating the donations and did not inform Congress.
Trump used the uranium deal to try to undercut Clinton during the campaign and draw scrutiny away from his own potential Russian Federation ties.
Instead, Nunes said the first goal for the investigation, being conducted by the Intelligence Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee was to find if the FBI had opened an investigation.
Florida business groups to Trump: Back off plans to kill NAFTA
Mexico could leave NAFTA and have the strength to move on without any serious long-term structural damage to the economy, he said. Donohue pledged to fight "like hell" to defend NAFTA if Trump tries to pull out, and urged Lighthizer to get a deal.
Nunes has become a focal point of such efforts before.
He added that the committee has been looking into the matter and meeting with "informants" for several months, and that the White House has not been involved. Earlier this year, he came under fire for suggesting that the Obama administration had inappropriately unmasked the identities of members of the Trump transition team, and perhaps the president himself.
Clinton was not mentioned during the press conference as part of the Russian Federation investigation.
President Donald Trump repeatedly blasted the deal on the campaign trail, saying that Clinton "was paid a fortune" for setting up the sale.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has also been digging into the matter, as part of a broader probe that also encompasses alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign and whether Trump's campaign associates colluded with the Russians.
"If appropriate, yeah", he said.