House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) responded to the FBI's deferral of his request for documents that fired FBI Director James Comey reportedly wrote about his interactions with President Donald Trump by sending a second request. His press conference caused a firestorm of controversy and drew criticism from both Democrats and Republicans.
The FBI is looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible connections between Russia and the Trump campaign.
The Washington Post reports that the FBI is investigating meetings that President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, had in December with Russian officials.
"The focus of the Committee's investigation is the independence of the FBI", Chaffetz wrote Thursday in a letter to acting FBI Director Andrew G. McCabe.
Comey didn't mention any bogus document in his testimony before Congress; instead, he said a meeting between Lynch and former President Bill Clinton was the "capper" in helping him decide to make a public statement. In it, Wasserman-Schultz said that USAG Lynch told an aide on the Clinton campaign she would not allow the Clinton investigation to go too deep.
In classified sessions with members of Congress several months ago, Comey described those emails in the Russian claim and expressed his concern that this Russian information could "drop" and that would undermine the Clinton investigation and the Justice Department in general, according to one government official. There were other factors behind Comey's decision, sources say.
The Washington Post reported this week that Comey's controversial decision to detail the FBI's findings in the Clinton email case last July was influenced by a dubious Russian document now considered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to be bad intelligence. Since Clinton was not to be prosecuted, the only way Lynch could defer to Comey was if Comey had already agreed to give Clinton a pass.
Comey feared that if these documents leaked, they would throw the FBI's entire investigation into doubt, despite the fact that he knew they were filled with false information.