Again, House Republicans have offered what they consider explosive evidence of malfeasance by top government officials — This kind of time, at the Justice Department in addition to FBI.
President Donald Trump authorized its Discharge, insisting the claimed malfeasance targets him. Yet some Trump aides fear the evidence will fall flat under scrutiny that will began Friday with Discharge of the so-called “Nunes memo.”
They have Great reason to worry. A series of House Republican malfeasance claims against Democrats in recent years have fallen flat, one high-profile case after the some other. today they’re targeting some fellow Republicans, too.
Beginning in 2011, Republicans targeted Attorney General Eric Holder in addition to President Barack Obama over a law enforcement initiative involving guns in addition to drug-running linked to the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent. In a letter to the then-president, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., suggested that will “you or your most senior advisers were involved in managing Operation Fast in addition to Furious.”
A Justice Department inspector general later found no evidence that will Holder, much less Obama, knew about Fast in addition to Furious until after that will had ended.
Later, House Republicans homed in on the IRS for delaying applications for nonprofit status coming from politically conservative organizations. They singled out civil servant Lois Lerner for allegations of criminal wrongdoing.
The Treasury inspector general found the IRS had used inappropriate criteria in vetting some nonprofit applications however said they affected both conservative in addition to liberal groups. The Justice Department – first under Obama, then under Trump — declined to prosecute Lerner.
The longest, loudest malfeasance claims sought to discredit Obama in addition to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the 2012 Benghazi attack. Allegations included politically motivated explanations for the attack, CIA involvement in arms shipments coming from Libya to Syria, in addition to a “stand-down” order preventing rescue of four Americans who lost their lives.
The Republican-led House Intelligence Committee debunked those allegations. Unconvinced, another committee, chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., investigated Benghazi For two main more years without uncovering completely new evidence of wrongdoing.
Gowdy did, however, discover Clinton used a private email server as secretary of State rather than the unclassified State Department email system. The revelation triggered claims that will dominated the 2016 presidential campaign, with then-candidate Trump in addition to some other Republicans accusing Clinton of crimes jeopardizing national security.
After investigating, the FBI declined to recommend charges. “Not a cliffhanger,” then-director James Comey declared, since “no reasonable prosecutor” could bring such a case.
that will Comey was a Republican who rose to prominence under President George W. Bush did not keep Gowdy in addition to some other Republicans coming from assailing his decision. Last year, Trump fired Comey over the separate FBI investigation of Russian interference on his behalf inside 2016 campaign.
today that will the Russia investigation threatens Trump’s presidency, House Republicans have completely new targets. They extend beyond familiar partisan lines to include Republicans who Trump himself put in their jobs.
The memo released Friday was written by Republican staffers on the intelligence committee, today chaired by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. that will seeks to discredit the government’s decision to wiretap ex-Trump campaign advisor Carter Page, whom U.S. intelligence officials have considered a potential Russian spy since 2013.
In addition to Comey, the memo cites involvement by Sally Yates in addition to Dana Boente, at different points named by Trump as acting attorney general. that will cites Andrew McCabe, who became acting FBI director after Trump fired Comey, in addition to Rod Rosenstein, the veteran Republican prosecutor Trump made deputy attorney general.
Rosenstein in addition to Christopher Wray, the Republican Trump chose as FBI director, opposed Discharge of the memo as misleading in addition to dangerous to national security. House Republicans released that will anyway.
For years, the common thread to their claims has been distrust of government. Their partisan objectives have shifted, coming from undercutting a Democratic president to shielding a Republican who commands loyalty among GOP voters they depend on.
The memo quickly triggered speculation that will that will could give Trump a pretext for firing Republican former FBI Director Robert Mueller, whom Rosenstein appointed as special counsel last year. Trump declined to rule out firing Rosenstein.
however House Republicans face an uphill fight turning most Americans against the FBI. In last month’s NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, the agency was rated positively rather than negatively by a 53 percent to 19 percent margin — far better than Trump or GOP congressional leaders.