House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) today released the transcript of the second day of former FBI Director James Comey’s interview before the Committees.
In October 2017, the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee opened a joint investigation into decisions made by the Justice Department in 2016 and 2017. To date, the Committees have interviewed many key witnesses and have reviewed thousands of pages of documents.
Also, Goodlatte and Trey Gowdy sent a letter to Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
In that letter, they urged the Justice Department to continue investigating the allegations against the Justice Department and the FBI in order “to identify and eliminate bias” at the federal law enforcement agencies “so the public can trust the institutions to make decisions solely on the facts and the law and totally devoid of political bias or consideration.”
“Our 2016 presidential candidates were not treated equally,” Goodlatte and Gowdy wrote in a statement accompanying the release of the letter. “The investigators in both investigations were biased against President Trump.”
“They are absolutely right. If every police department and sheriff’s office behaved the way we saw the FBI behave in their investigations of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the nation’s justice system would turn into a fascist legal system treating the rich and well-heeled one way while treating the powerless another,” said political consultant Mike Baker.
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY,
JOINT WITH THE
COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM,
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
The interview in the above matter was held in Room 2141,
Rayburn House Office Building, commencing at 10:13 a.m.
Members Present: Representatives Goodlatte, Jordan, Gowdy,
Ratcliffe, Johnson of Georgia, Meadows, Cummings, and Clay.