GOP still wants Clin­ton probe

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Mary Clare Jalonick

WASH­ING­TON» Democrat Hil­lary Clin­ton lost the 2016 elec­tion to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, but some Repub­li­cans in Congress are in­ten­si­fy­ing their calls to in­ves­ti­gate her and other Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials.

As in­ves­ti­ga­tions into Rus­sian med­dling and pos­si­ble links to Trump’s cam­paign have es­ca­lated on both sides of the aisle at the Capi­tol, some Repub­li­cans ar­gue that the in­ves­ti­ga­tions should have a greater fo­cus on Democrats.

Democrats who have pushed the elec­tion probes “have started a war of in­ves­tiga­tive at­tri­tion,” said GOP Rep. Steve King of Iowa, a mem­ber of the House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee.

Sev­eral of­fi­cials from for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s ad­min­is­tra­tion and Clin­ton’s cam­paign have ap­peared be­fore or been in­ter­viewed by the House and Se­nate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tees as part of the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion, along with Trump cam­paign of­fi­cials. The GOPled com­mit­tees are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether Trump’s cam­paign had any links to Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in last year’s elec­tion.

The chair­man of the House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has con­tin­ued a sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials in­ap­pro­pri­ately made re­quests to “un­mask” iden­ti­ties of Trump cam­paign of­fi­cials in in­tel­li­gence re­ports.

The House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee, which has de­clined to in­ves­ti­gate the Rus­sian med­dling, ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion this past week to re­quest doc­u­ments re­lated to the FBI’s now-closed in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Clin­ton’s emails.

In ad­di­tion, Repub­li­cans on that com­mit­tee wrote the Jus­tice Depart­ment on Thurs­day and asked for a sec­ond spe­cial coun­sel, in ad­di­tion to Spe­cial Coun­sel Robert Mueller, to in­ves­ti­gate “un­ad­dressed mat­ters, some con­nected to the 2016 elec­tion and oth­ers, in­clud­ing many ac­tions taken by Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

“The Amer­i­can pub­lic has a right to know the facts — all of them — sur­round­ing the elec­tion and its af­ter­math,” the law­mak­ers wrote.

Repub­li­cans want to in­ves­ti­gate the un­mask­ing is­sue and also Clin­ton’s email scan­dal that fig­ured promi­nently in the cam­paign.

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