The GOP is now setting their sights on top Obama officials as they plan their own probe into the 2016 election.
As special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference and the Trump campaign has officially ended and POTUS has been completely Exonerated, GOP senators are gearing up to investigate the investigators.
The idea is gaining traction with the Republican caucus, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.).
Mueller’s report hasn’t been released yet, but Republicans have seized on a four-page letter from Attorney General William Barr that summarized key conclusions of the two-year probe, including that Mueller “did not establish” that President Trump or members of his campaign coordinated or colluded with Moscow in its election interference.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said during an interview with Fox News’s Neil Cavuto as part of a media blitz discussing his plans for an investigation.
He said that he will be looking at “abuse” of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant application process and the counterintelligence operation into Trump’s campaign, adding that “there will be a lot of inquiry as to how this all happened.”
GOP senators are already naming former officials who would be at the top of their lists to question, including former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
“The Judiciary Committee has primary jurisdiction and doing oversight of the Department of Justice and the FBI, and so that … is something we need to do. Trying to find out how this thing got off the rails and hopefully prevent it from happening again,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of the Judiciary Committee. Cornyn rattled off a list of Obama-era officials he would want to speak with, including Lynch, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, but he homed in on Comey.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who has stuck by Trump, told radio host Hugh Hewitt that there needs to be more scrutiny of how “so many Obama officials and senior officials in the FBI came to believe that an American presidential campaign was colluding with a foreign intelligence service.”
Cotton was asked if his “premise” was that Obama administration officials tried to “sabotage” the transition.
“I don’t think based on what we’ve seen over the last three years you can have any other working premise,” Cotton said.
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