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house Bill H.R. 3028

Should the DOJ Probe All Actions Taken to Investigate Trump & Clinton During the 2016 Election?

Argument in favor

The American public deserves to know what prompted the federal investigation into President Trump, as well as whether the investigation was politically motivated. This bill would ensure there is sufficient transparency about what happened and establish a better process for similar situations in the future.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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06/22/2019
馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎House Bill H.R.3028 AKA the Investigate the Investigators Act 馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎 I鈥檓 in support of and recommend the passage of the House Bill H.R.3028 AKA Investigate the Investigators Act of 2019 which would call for a formal Dept. of Justice (DOJ) investigation into all actions taken during the 2016 presidential election to investigate then-candidate Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It鈥檇 also require an automatic and independent oversight investigation any time the DOJ opens an investigation of a federal political campaign in future. The American public deserves to know what prompted the federal investigation into President Trump, as well as whether the investigation was politically motivated. This bill would ensure there is sufficient transparency about what happened and establish a better process for similar situations in the future. SneakyPete..... 馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎HR.3028馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎. 6.22.19.....
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Mark's Opinion
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06/22/2019
Better move fast on investigating the investigators. The deep state conspirators are guilty of treason and all that goes with it. They鈥檙e shredding documents and purging databases to cover their tracks at this very moment.
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路路路
06/22/2019
What is missing from the Mueller report is an honest discussion about the origins of the unverified hearsay in the "Steele Dossier" that formed the underpinning of the unprecedented spying effort against Trump and his campaign. But looking ahead, the Steele Dossier, its genesis and the actions of members of the Obama administration who exploited it to target the Trump campaign, are very much in the crosshairs. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's investigation of the abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act process will soon conclude, and may result in criminal referrals. Attorney General Barr also promises an even broader investigation of "Spygate" abuses. It is now time to investigate the investigators.
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Argument opposed

Given the DOJ鈥檚 ongoing investigations into the Russia probe鈥檚 origins, this bill is unnecessary. AG William Barr and the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, along with senior agency officials, are already investigating all the issues that鈥檇 be under this bill鈥檚 purview.

Kodiwodi's Opinion
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06/22/2019
Sure. They can start just as soon as we鈥檙e through investigating the Donald, his family, his cabinet, his nominees, most of his administration and the head of the DOJ itself, McConnell, anyone who has defied a subpoena, lied under oath or can be proved to have obstructed justice or Congress in anyway.
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Christopher's Opinion
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06/22/2019
Not by this administration! I do not trust anything this majority republican administration does or propose. They do not act in good faith and is the epitome of corruption and hate, 鈥淭he American Way.鈥
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jimK's Opinion
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06/22/2019
See this for what if is- yet another stall and purposeful distraction from further review of Trump鈥檚 abuses of his office. This is the RSGOP equivalent of military chaff. I have not seen any Trump supporter argue that he is an honorable, honest or decent person. Barr is dismantling any trust that the DOJ can operate in an honorable, honest, decent or apolitical way. He is challenging the integrity of his own agency and the honorable career civil servants, like Mueller, that have tried to keep the DOJ honest and apolitical. Further, he is proposing an investigation which, if needed, is within the purview of the Inspector General鈥檚 Office- who has the job of reviewing how Federal agencies operate.
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedMay 28th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 3028?

This bill 鈥 the Investigate the Investigators Act of 2019 鈥 would call for a formal Dept. of Justice (DOJ) investigation into all actions taken during the 2016 presidential election to investigate then-candidate Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It鈥檇 also require an automatic and independent oversight investigation any time the DOJ opens an investigation of a federal political campaign in future.

Impact

DOJ; future DOJ investigations of federal political campaigns; Donald Trump; Hillary Clinton; Steele Dossier; Russia investigation; Clinton email investigation; and James Comey.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3028

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) introduced this bill to initiate a formal Dept. of Justice (DOJ) investigation into the actions taken during the 2016 presidential election as they related to the federal investigations into President Trump and Secretary Clinton:

鈥淚鈥檝e read the entire Mueller Report cover to cover, and it鈥檚 clear there was no collusion and no obstruction. We need to determine what led to the authorization of the partisan witch hunt against President Trump and find out why, at the same time, Secretary Clinton was given a pass after clearly violating multiple federal laws. Going forward, we must ensure no high-placed government officials ever abuse their position again. My bill will enable the Department of Justice to determine what President Obama and his Administration knew and when they knew it and why numerous questionable decisions were made in 2016 and beyond.鈥

In an interview on Fox & Friends, Rep. Byrne argued that the Mueller probe turned up a 鈥big goose egg.鈥 He added, 鈥It was a partisan witch hunt from the beginning and we need to get to the bottom of who was behind this and how far up the chain does it go.鈥 Rep. Byrne also implied that the Obama administration had engaged in nefarious actions during the 2016 election, asking, 鈥What did President Obama know and when did he know it?鈥 In an op-ed in Breitbart, Rep. Byrne contended that the DOJ was biased against Trump during the 2016 election and raised the possibility that President Obama had used the FBI to spy on the Trump campaign.

This bill doesn鈥檛 have any cosponsors.


Of NoteDuring the 2016 presidential election, then-FBI Director James Comey opened an investigation into then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton鈥檚 use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State. At the conclusion of his initial investigation in July 2016, Comey held a press conference in which he called Clinton鈥檚 actions 鈥渆xtremely careless鈥 but didn鈥檛 recommend criminal charges. At that time, he was criticized for delivering remarks on the investigation, as that responsibility generally falls to the attorney general rather than the FBI director (Attorney General Loretta Lynch had distanced herself from the investigation following public revelation of a meeting on an airport tarmac she had with Bill Clinton, but didn鈥檛 recuse herself outright).

Then, in October 2016, Comey announced in a letter to Congress that the FBI was reopening its Clinton email investigation. Upon this announcement, he was criticized for commenting on an ongoing investigation, which went against typical FBI practice. Comey鈥檚 handling of the Clinton email investigation has drawn criticism from both sides of the aisle, with the Clinton campaign contending that he irreparably damaged her campaign. In her 2017 book 鈥What Happened,鈥 Clinton wrote that she felt 鈥渟hivved鈥 by Comey鈥檚 October 2016 letter to Congress notifying the body of his decision to reopen the FBI investigation into Clinton鈥檚 private email server after the agency found relevant emails on a computer belonging to top Clinton campaign aide Huma Abedin鈥檚 estranged husband Anthony Weiner鈥檚 laptop. Clinton and other Democrats believe the October 2016 announcement, which was only days before Election Day, tilted the election in Trump鈥檚 favor.

On the Republican side, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told FOX News in March 2019 that he believes Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch gave Clinton a 鈥渇ree pass鈥 on her email investigation while simultaneously opening a politically motivated counterintelligence investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign. In his interview, Sen. Graham said, 鈥淚 hope there鈥檚 a special counsel appointed to look at DOJ corruption and political bias because [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller did his job against Trump. Nobody鈥檚 really looked at the Clinton campaign, the FISA warrant abuse or the counterintelligence investigation for criminality, yet somebody should."

Trump and a number of high-ranking Republicans have consistently floated a theory that Obama and Clinton allies helped initiate the Russia investigation. To help make this argument, they claim that the Russian investigation began after Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) alerted the FBI to the existence of the Steele dossier in 2016. The Steele dossier 鈥 an unverified intelligence document containing a number of claims, some of which are far-fetched, about the Trump campaign鈥檚 dealings with Russia 鈥 was indirectly funded in part by the Hillary Clinton campaign through the 2016 Clinton campaign鈥檚 lawyer, who paid Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm that subcontracted with former British spy Christopher Steele to gain information about Donald Trump鈥檚 ties with Russia from foreign nations.

The Steele dossier depicted Trump as a Manuchurian candidate bought and paid for by Russia and totally under the Kremlin鈥檚 control due to blackmail. Among its claims, it alleged that the Russian government had incriminating behavior about his behavior on trips to Russia, that retired Russians in the U.S. were running secret communications to enable Russia鈥檚 control of Trump and that Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was using foreign policy adviser Carter Page as an intermediary with Russia. Further, the dossier accused Page of attending secret meetings in Moscow and Trump lawyer Michael Cohen of meeting Kremlin representatives in Prague in August 2016. Notably, none of these claims were repeated in Special Counsel Robert Mueller鈥檚 report, indicating that the Mueller investigation and intense FBI vetting didn鈥檛 confirm many of the Steele dossier鈥檚 claims.

However, Steele鈥檚 defenders have noted that the information from the dossier that was used to justify monitoring Page has essentially held up. According to the Steele dossier, Page met with high-level Russian officials, including Russian state-owned oil giant Rosneft鈥檚 CEO, while in Moscow in July 2016. While Page initially denied this claim and said he鈥檇 only gone to Moscow to give the commencement address at the New Economic School, he later admitted under oath to meeting with 鈥渟enior members of the [Russian] presidential administration鈥 during the trip and the head of investor relations at Rosneft.

Given the Steele dossier鈥檚 questionable origins and the fact that it wasn鈥檛 extensively cited in the Mueller report, Trump and his supporters argue that it was a distorted document the FBI improperly used as 鈥渆vidence鈥 to illegally obtain a series of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants to eavesdrop on Carter Page. In an April 22 appearance on Sean Hannity鈥檚 Fox News show, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) questioned the Steele dossier鈥檚 use to obtain warrants, asking, 鈥How could you use a dossier four different times to get a warrant against an American citizen when it鈥檚 a bunch of garbage?

However, irrespective of the Steele dossier鈥檚 origins and veracity, the FBI鈥檚 counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign began in July 2016 鈥 over half a year before McCain gave then-FBI Director James Comey a copy of the dossier in December 2016. According to the New York Times, the inciting incident was WikiLeaks鈥 publication of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in July 2016, which prompted Australia鈥檚 top diplomat in Britain to inform his American counterparts of a conversation he鈥檇 had two months earlier with Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos. According to the Australian diplomat, during a night of heavy drinking in London, Papadopoulos bragged to him about knowing that Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of embarrassing emails. Additionally, according to the Nunes memo prepared by Trump ally and then-House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), the FBI鈥檚 investigation of the Trump campaign was 鈥渢riggered鈥 by evidence presented to American officials about Papadopoulos having secretive contacts with Kremlin agents.

In a June 2019 interview with ABC News鈥 George Stephanopoulos, President Trump repeatedly complained about the Mueller report and the origins of the Russian collusion investigation as a whole. He reiterated that he 鈥did nothing wrong鈥 and said Obama 鈥渉ad to know鈥 about the FBI 鈥渟etup鈥 to investigate his campaign. However, he didn鈥檛 directly accuse Obama of initiating the FBI investigation.

Earlier, in May 2019, Trump tweeted that he would 鈥渄emand鈥 the DOJ investigate whether the FBI or DOJ infiltrated or surveilled his campaign 鈥渇or political purposes,鈥 and whether such demands or requests were made by people in the Obama administration. Following Trump鈥檚 demands, the DOJ asked its inspector general to investigate whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in the FBI鈥檚 conduct of its counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with Russian agents who interfered in the presidential election.

Additionally, in May 2019, Attorney General William Barr announced that he鈥檇 assigned John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to conduct an inquiry into alleged misconduct and improper government surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016, as well as whether Democrats were the ones who improperly colluded with foreign actors. According to Fox News, Barr is working with FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Durham is working directly with DOJ IG Michael Horowitz on these investigations.

Thus far, Barr has indicated that he believes there was some mismanagement in the Russia probe鈥檚 early days, saying, 鈥淭o the extent that there was any overreach, I believe it was some 鈥 a few people in the upper echelons of the bureau and perhaps in the department. But those people are no longer there, and I'm working closely with [FBI Director] Chris Wray, who I think has done a superb job at the bureau. We're working together on trying to reconstruct exactly what went down.鈥

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has called Trump鈥檚 claims of an embedded spy in his campaign 鈥nonsense.鈥 In a tweet, he added that Trump鈥檚 demand that DOJ 鈥investigate something they know to be untrue is an abuse of power, and an effort to distract from his growing legal problems.鈥


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AKA

Investigate the Investigators Act of 2019

Official Title

To require the Inspector General for the Department of Justice to conduct oversight of investigations of certain political officials, and for other purposes.

    馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎House Bill H.R.3028 AKA the Investigate the Investigators Act 馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎 I鈥檓 in support of and recommend the passage of the House Bill H.R.3028 AKA Investigate the Investigators Act of 2019 which would call for a formal Dept. of Justice (DOJ) investigation into all actions taken during the 2016 presidential election to investigate then-candidate Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It鈥檇 also require an automatic and independent oversight investigation any time the DOJ opens an investigation of a federal political campaign in future. The American public deserves to know what prompted the federal investigation into President Trump, as well as whether the investigation was politically motivated. This bill would ensure there is sufficient transparency about what happened and establish a better process for similar situations in the future. SneakyPete..... 馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎HR.3028馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎. 6.22.19.....
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    Sure. They can start just as soon as we鈥檙e through investigating the Donald, his family, his cabinet, his nominees, most of his administration and the head of the DOJ itself, McConnell, anyone who has defied a subpoena, lied under oath or can be proved to have obstructed justice or Congress in anyway.
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    Not by this administration! I do not trust anything this majority republican administration does or propose. They do not act in good faith and is the epitome of corruption and hate, 鈥淭he American Way.鈥
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    See this for what if is- yet another stall and purposeful distraction from further review of Trump鈥檚 abuses of his office. This is the RSGOP equivalent of military chaff. I have not seen any Trump supporter argue that he is an honorable, honest or decent person. Barr is dismantling any trust that the DOJ can operate in an honorable, honest, decent or apolitical way. He is challenging the integrity of his own agency and the honorable career civil servants, like Mueller, that have tried to keep the DOJ honest and apolitical. Further, he is proposing an investigation which, if needed, is within the purview of the Inspector General鈥檚 Office- who has the job of reviewing how Federal agencies operate.
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    Unnecessary since the Mueller report is thorough and the Hillary/Democrat conspiracy is a figment of Republican imagination designed to take attention away from investigating Trump鈥檚 crimes.
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    Better move fast on investigating the investigators. The deep state conspirators are guilty of treason and all that goes with it. They鈥檙e shredding documents and purging databases to cover their tracks at this very moment.
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    What is missing from the Mueller report is an honest discussion about the origins of the unverified hearsay in the "Steele Dossier" that formed the underpinning of the unprecedented spying effort against Trump and his campaign. But looking ahead, the Steele Dossier, its genesis and the actions of members of the Obama administration who exploited it to target the Trump campaign, are very much in the crosshairs. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's investigation of the abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act process will soon conclude, and may result in criminal referrals. Attorney General Barr also promises an even broader investigation of "Spygate" abuses. It is now time to investigate the investigators.
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    There鈥檚 nothing much to say about this except for the fact that it is a bunch of BS.
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    We need Trump鈥檚 tax returns.
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    It was clear that Russia meddled in our election. It was also clear that Trump both invited and benefited from that interference. All of that coupled with the knowledge of how in debt to Russian backs and invested in Russian interests that Trump is. The investigation was and is still important to our National Security! Representative Byrne is a LIAR! He claims to have read the 鈥淓ntire Mueller Report鈥 even though it has not been released to Congress! Byrne is just a Trump Lackie, trying to help his wanna-be DICTATOR silence his opponents! Just MORE obstruction of justice!!! IMPEACH TRUMP NOW!!!
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    No, don鈥檛 investigate the investigators just because you don鈥檛 like the initial investigations. I have an idea, be better people and actually work for your constituents and not special interests, and you won鈥檛 be investigated!
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    Get off Clinton's back. She ran, she lost on a technicality, she's gone. You woman haters need to get over it, you Clinton haters are hurting no one but yourselves. An investigation though, will cost me and my fellow sane taxpayers money for absolutely nothing.
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    Look there鈥檚 evidence already that the current sitting president has obstructed justice. And also received information from a foreign entity to win over Hilary. And has said on national television that he鈥檇 do it again # impeachindictimprison
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    Yes I think we should investigate the investigators! This would expose the Democratic Party for what it has become, a socialistic agenda seeking, hateful, fake news propaganda producing machine. That wants to prevent any non-agenda policies from being passed by creating false accusations and keeping an opponent in litigation, to drain their finances and resources. Watch all the democrats say NAY to this proposal, then repost the question without Hillary鈥檚 name and compare their response! Pass this legislation and expose The Who鈥檚 who鈥檚 lost that has truly corrupted our elections!
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    Investigate the investigators? No. Read the Mueller鈥檚 Report and take actions.
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    No one is above the law! If wrongdoing is found should be held accountable!
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    Money would be better spent on securing our elections.
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    National security professionals warned about an unstable demagogue who can be manipulated by adversaries. Investigating those questions that make trump鈥檚 backers feel insecure or invalidated is just responsible America鈥檚 reaction to putting a 12 year old in charge of our nuclear arsenal. 鈥淒eep state鈥 conspiracy theories is another childish excuse for trump supporters to live in their heads and weasel out of their responsibilities to listen and understand things in the contexts they deserve.
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    No - this notion of investigation of the investigations- it鈥檚 ridiculous! It is just. kabuki theatre politics by trump and trump鈥檚 corrupt criminal regime. Trump and trump鈥檚 corrupt criminal regime must be investigated for acceptance of help from Russians to get elected and for obstruction of justice. And for money laundering. And tax fraud. And bank fraud. And for conspiracies and various nefarious relationships with bad actors like MbS and Putin and others. This administration is criminal on multiple levels. Impeach and remove trump and trump鈥檚 corrupt criminal regime. Now.
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    What another stupid gop play stop this
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