Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) today sent a letter, along with several colleagues, to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and US Attorney John Huber, asking them to investigate several Obama-era officials for potential violation(s) of federal statutes. These officials include former FBI Director James Comey, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Acting Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, FBI Agent Peter Strzok and FBI Counsel Lisa Page, among others.
Read the criminal referral here. The following members have joined DeSantis in this call for equal application of the law: Andy Biggs (AZ-05), Dave Brat (VA-07), Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Matt Gaetz (FL-01), Paul Gosar (AZ-04), Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01), Jody Hice (GA-10), Todd Rokita (IN-04), Claudia Tenney (NY-22), and Ted Yoho (FL-03).
“The political elite are not immune from the rule of law, and those in positions of high authority should be treated the same as any other American,” DeSantis said. “If former officials, including Hillary Clinton and James Comey, broke the law then they need to be held accountable. We ask that the Department of Justice move swiftly to ensure that violations of federal statutes by high officials are identified and prosecuted.”
“The American people are tired of the Clintons and their friends being held to a different standard than the rest of us. They want justice done,” Brat said. “I hope the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation can investigate these claims and learn where laws were broken and respond accordingly.”
“Justice must be handed down fairly and equally, especially if you are in a position of trust and authority. I believe we must look into the multiple wrongdoings of government officials during the 2016 Presidential Campaign to guarantee to the American people that justice matters,” said Duncan.
“The investigations into the Hillary Clinton and the Presidential Campaign revealed egregious levels of misconduct and mishandling of sensitive information,” said Gosar. “The actions of these government officials outlined in our letter point to evidence of corruption and possible treason. It’s time these unelected bureaucrats stop hiding behind their titles and start being held to the same standards as every other American.”
“Justice must be blind, not partisan. We must conduct a thorough investigation into the potential abuses of power for politically motivated reasons committed by Justice Department and FBI officials. The American people deserve the truth, and if necessary, our justice system must be held accountable to the very same laws it is charged to enforce,” Harris said.
“While I will continue to call for the appointment of a second special counsel, I’m pleased that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken the critical first step in directing U.S. Attorney John Huber to delve deeper into the abuse and misconduct at the DOJ and FBI. Together with fellow House members, I’m asking Attorney General Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and U.S. Attorney John Huber to specifically examine potential criminal wrongdoing by several individuals, including, but not limited to, James Comey, Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch, and others. At the end of the day, we have a responsibility to ensure equal justice under the law – without exception,” said Hice.
“We are a country of laws, and we cannot allow those in high authority positions in government who flagrantly violate our laws walk away without fully answering to the American people,” said Rokita. “That is why I fully support Rep. DeSantis’s call for an investigation against officials who have disregarded our federal statutes.”
“Obama-era officials in the Justice Department have failed the American people,” Tenney said. “Through their negligence, Hillary Clinton and her allies have yet to be held accountable for potential serious violations of our federal laws. This lack of oversight and transparency empowers the bad behavior of the corrupt political class and it’s why the American people have lost trust in those who have taken an oath to honorably serve them. The political class must be treated as any other American citizen. Enforcing subpoenas detailed in this letter will ensure officials are finally held accountable for their actions.”
“The people who serve in the highest levels of government should not be immune to justice,” said Yoho. It is important that we fight corruption at all levels to protect the American people and the institutions that serve them.”