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Republicans Are Now Calling For An Investigation For Why Comey Was Fired

President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey should be the subject of a federal investigation, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz proclaimed Wednesday.

According to The Hill, the Utah representative announced that he had written a letter to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. “Previously, I asked (Horowitz) to review the FBI’s actions in advance of the 2016 election,” Chaffetz said. “Today, I sent a letter urging (him) to expand the scope of his review to include the decision to fire Director Comey. I look forward to receiving the IG’s findings.”

Trump claims he dismissed Comey because of the manner in which the FBI conducted its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. The probe caused controversy with members of both political parties. Republicans were upset that the government did not prosecute Clinton, while many Democrats blamed the investigation for their nominee’s election defeat.

In January, when Horowitz began examining the FBI’s Clinton inquiry, he promised to “expand the scope” of his investigation “if circumstances warrant.” Chaffetz, in his letter to the inspector general, argued that the Comey firing meets that standard.

The administration told the news media that the timing of Comey’s dismissal resulted from a letter recommending the action from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein. The president’s critics rejected the explanation and accused the president of trying to stop the FBI investigation of his campaign team’s connections with Russia.

The Bureau is looking into how Russian operatives influenced the 2016 election, and whether any Trump associates cooperated with them. U.S. intelligence officials have accused Russian leader Vladimir Putin of ordering the hacking of emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta during the race for the White House. Several members of Trump’s campaign staff had contacts with representatives of the Russian government while Barack Obama was still president.

Congressional Democrats are demanding the appointment of an independent special prosecutor to investigate the Trump-Russia scandal. The House and Senate intelligence committees have been holding hearings concerning the affair.

Source: The Hill
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