House Republicans asked the Democrat-led Oversight Committee to convene a hearing with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz over his report on former FBI Director James Comey’s mishandling of sensitive information.
Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mark Meadows of North Carolina, on Friday, Aug. 30, sent a letter to Chairman of the Committee Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), asking the chairman to call Horowitz to “examine the report about Comey’s misconduct.”
Jordan and Meadows argued “Comey’s compilation and dissemination of sensitive FBI information led directly to two-plus years of political turmoil and vitriolic partisan attacks on the president.”
They also pointed out that Comey’s conduct “set a dangerous example for over 35,000 current FBI employees—and the many thousands more former FBI employees—who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information.”
The two Republicans accused Comey, who compiled and disseminated sensitive FBI information, stretching out the former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation that “ultimately failed to substantiate any of the allegations he was appointed to investigate.”
“After investigating for nearly two years and spending $32 million of taxpayers’ money, the special counsel did not find any coordination or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government to interfere in the presidential election,” the letter reads.
Jordan and Meadows also mentioned Cummings’s past words on Comey, praising him as “the epitome of what a public servant is all about,” and on Horowitz, saying he “upheld [his] oath and principles for honesty and integrity.”
“In light of the great costs to our country stemming from Comey’s reckless conduct, we respectfully request that you immediately schedule a hearing with Inspector General Horowitz,” the two Republicans concluded.
Justice Department’s Inspector General Horowitz released a report on Thursday, Aug. 29, stating that Comey failed to handle sensitive information, broke FBI rules, and set a “dangerous example.” However, Comey will not be prosecuted over these violations.
— Oversight Committee Republicans (@GOPoversight) August 30, 2019