House GOP chairmen announce probe of Obama's Justice Dept

House GOP chairmen announce probe of Obama's Justice Dept

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said Tuesday that the panel has "been looking into this for a while now" but elected to formally start the inquiry in light of new evidence, reported in the Hill, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been investigating Russian efforts to influence the American nuclear industry through various corrupt schemes.

Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes (R-CA) speaks during a presser in Capitol Hill, Washington, U.S., October 24, 2017.

In addition, the Justice Department's inspector general is conducting an inquiry into public statements that Comey made about the Clinton investigation.

President Trump was elected almost a year ago, but the controversy over Hillary Clinton's emails is getting a new boost from key House Republicans.

"I got a letter in response from Treasury Secretary [Tim] Geithner, saying this was getting full scrutiny", said King.

"The closer the investigation about real Russian ties between Trump associates and real Russians", she said on C-SPAN, "the more they want to just throw mud on the wall".

"Well, the current Russian Federation investigation is about the election".

"This new investigation is a massive diversion to distract from the lack of Republican oversight of the Trump administration and the national security threat that Russian Federation poses", Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, and Rep. John Conyers, D-Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said in a statement.

The deal, involving the purchase of a company called Uranium One, was cleared when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.

Since uranium is considered a strategic asset, with implications for national security, the deal had to be approved by a committee composed of representatives from a number of United States government agencies.

The decisions include the FBI's handling of Hillary Clinton's email probe and its timeline, as well as the FBI's decision not to announce the investigation into possible collusion between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russian Federation.

Allegations surrounding the uranium deal resurfaced this past week when The Hill reported the FBI was investigating the donations and did not inform Congress.

Nunes announced his new probe days after Fusion GPS - the firm behind the explosive Steele dossier - accused him of going back on his April decision to step away from the Russian Federation investigation. "This is more about uranium and whether or not the government actually functioned properly".

"This fact pattern raises serious concerns about improper political influence on the process by the Clintons during the Obama administration", Grassley said.

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