Capitol Republicans said Thursday that they thought the former FBI director James Comey's reprimand, by an inspector general of the Justice Department, was only the beginning of the day. a series of attacks on the reputation of key law enforcement officials.
"This is the first of what I hope will be several more ugly and condemning reprimands from senior DOJ and FBI officials regarding their actions and their biases with regard to the 2016 Trump campaign," said the senator. from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a report on Thursday that Comey – who was fired by President Trump in 2017 – violated the office's policies by drafting, filtering and keeping notes of his conversations with Trump.
The Ministry of Justice has refused to prosecute Comey for these violations. But Republican lawmakers who insisted that the FBI and the GM investigate their Trump investigations raised ongoing investigations that may involve other senior officials.
After the publication of the Comey Report, Mark Meadows, North Carolina Representative, Chair of the House Freedom Caucus, said, "This is the first of what we can expect to be more disclosures, holding former FBI officials and the DOJ for their misconduct against President Trump and his campaign. I look forward to these results. "
The Ohio representative, Jim Jordan, another prominent member of the House and House oversight caucus of the House oversight committee, said: "I am grateful to the Inspector General for putting in these problems up to date and of [U.S. Attorney John] Durham's findings related to abuses of the FISA process. "
Horowitz acknowledged that his office was already reviewing potential FBI surveillance abuses during the investigation in Russia. Earlier this year, Attorney General Bill Barr also instructed Connecticut's US Attorney Durham to review the government's alleged wrongful oversight of the Trump campaign in 2016.
For his part, Comey on Thursday reacted to the report by insisting that he was not a "liar and revelator" and saying that the excuses of his critics "would be a good thing".
Republicans argued that the report only raised more questions.
"This further reinforces the need for us to go to the root of the inquiry process on Russia," said Georgia Representative Doug Collins, Supreme Republican on the Judiciary Committee of the House . "It is time to restore American confidence that federal law enforcement agencies are committed to justice and are free from political gambling."
A GI report states that James Comey violated FBI policies with memos on trump talks
The Ministry of Justice's internal review of the investigation in Russia focused on transcripts of recordings made by at least one government source who met with the former Trump George campaign assistant. Papadopoulos in 2016, seeking precisely to know why some "exculpatory" documents emanating from them were not presented. Fox News reported that new requests for warrants had been filed.
According to sources, the transcripts have been filed, but Barr would likely have access to these documents after Trump's decision in May to approve the declassification of documents related to the monitoring of his campaign in the 2016 elections.
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Meanwhile, former FBI official Andrew McCabe, who had been fired last year by Attorney General Jeff Sessions after a report by the Inspector General revealed that McCabe had misled investigators about his role in leaks, waited for federal prosecutors to decide whether the DOJ would charge him.
A source close to the process told Fox News earlier this week that McCabe had a "target on the back" because of the findings of the Inspector General of the Department of Justice against him following actions during the email survey Hillary Clinton, as well as for his role in monitoring. arrest warrants against Trump campaign associates during the investigation of Russia.
Brooke Singman of Fox News contributed to this report.