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Cummings Issues Statement on Letter from Gowdy and Goodlatte Seeking Special Counsel on FISA

Mar 6, 2018
Press Release

Cummings Issues Statement on Letter from

Gowdy and Goodlatte Seeking Special Counsel on FISA

 

Washington, D.C. (Mar. 6, 2018)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued the following statement in response to Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy and Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s call for a second special counsel to investigate “potential bias and potential conflicts of interest” in the decisions of the Department of Justice in 2016 and 2017:

“The federal regulation on Special Counsels is clear—the Department of Justice must determine that a ‘criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted.’  In this case, it is difficult to see what crime the Republicans are alleging.  Republicans have made numerous unsubstantiated allegations, like claiming that the Justice Department did not disclose in its FISA application that research was funded by political opponents.  But even if that claim were true, it does not constitute criminal activity.  The Department’s Inspector General is fully capable of conducting an independent review.  Here in Congress, our attention should be on investigating how Russia attacked our electoral process—not trying to protect President Trump.”

115th Congress