It’s not over.
A group of GOP lawmakers on Wednesday sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department and FBI requesting charges against Hillary Clinton and other top Obama officials in connection with 2016 campaign controversies including the Clinton email probe and the anti-Trump dossier.
Individuals named in the referral include ex-FBI Director James Comey, his deputy Andrew McCabe, ex-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.
“We are especially mindful of the dissimilar degrees of zealousness that has marked the investigations into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, respectively,” reads the document. “Because we believe that those in positions of high authority should be treated the same as every other American, we want to be sure that the potential violations of law outlined below are vetted appropriately.”
Democrats claim the referral is linked to the upcoming midterm elections.
“House Republicans have seen the numbers and are running scared as we head into midterm season,” says Hillary’s Communications Director, Nick Merrill. “They should focus on working for the people they are asking to reelect them, not do Trump’s bidding.”
The referral, signed by House Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and 10 GOP colleagues, requests investigations into:
- Comey’s decision not to recommend criminal charges against Hillary
- Comey’s memos on his conversations with Trump
- Whether the Clinton campaign provided funding for the Steele dossier
- Lynch’s threat to an informant who spoke up about the Uranium One deal
- Andrew McCabe’s lies to investigators
- Strzok and Page’s roles in the Hillary Clinton email investigation
Lawmakers also demanded a catch-all investigation into any persons at the FBI or DOJ who approved surveillance on Carter Page. Lawmakers earlier this year asked the DOJ to investigate Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled the anti-Trump dossier.
Some of these controversies are already under review by federal prosecutor John Huber, but the referral makes it clear that Republicans are not giving up on efforts to investigate and punish top Democrats and Trump critics for their flagrantly illegal behavior in the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election.