As the Trump administration has systematically dismantled Obama-era policies, the American public has gained new insight into what was supposed to have been a transparent administration. Now the House Oversight Committee is taking matters further. They have called for a new special counsel to investigate FISA abuse at the Obama Department of Justice.
“Making the official request to the DOJ were Republican Reps. Trey Gowdy (SC) and Bob Goodlatte (VA), the chairmen of the oversight and judiciary committees respectively,” The Daily Wire writes.
🚨Breaking: Chairmen @TGowdySC and @RepGoodlatte call for special counsel to investigate crimes involving bias and FISA abuse at DOJ.https://t.co/MYNFscE557
Read the Letter 📰⬇️ pic.twitter.com/BF7BCvOi0R
— Oversight Committee (@GOPoversight) March 6, 2018
The House Oversight Committee detailed their request in a letter addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
“Matters have arisen — both recently and otherwise — which necessitate the appointment of a Special Counsel. We do not make this observation and attendant lightly,” the letter reads.
“We believe that, in the case of certain decisions made and not made by the Department of Justice and FBI in 2016 and 2017, both an actual conflict of interest exists and separately, but equally significant, the public interest requires the appointment of a special counsel.”
The letter specifically references the Steele Dossier, the now infamous document partially funded by the Clinton campaign. The dossier, the committee contends, demonstrates the bias at the FBI and DOJ. The dossier was used in court filings, even though it had never been fully vetted.
“There is evidence of bias, trending toward animus, among those charged with investigating serious cases,” the committee wrote. “There is evidence political opposition research was used in court filings. There is evidence this political opposition research was neither vetted before it was used nor fully revealed to the relevant tribunal.”
Gowdy later appeared on Fox to justify his request for a special counsel. “Congress doesn’t have the tools to investigate this. … We leak like the Gossip Girls.”
The DOJ’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz is preparing a report, but many expect it to exonerate his agency. The committee is now asking for an independent investigation.
“While we have confidence in the Inspector General for the Department of Justice, the DOJ IG does not have the authority to investigate other governmental entities or former employees of the Department, the Bureau, or other agencies,” the letter states.