Republicans in Congress are seeking to uphold a campaign promise by President Donald Trump as they look to investigate former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
As the investigation into alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign gains steam in the Capitol, Republicans are looking to broaden the scope of the investigation to look into Clinton and former President Barack Obama, reports ABC News.
Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa blamed the Democrats for starting an "investigative war of attrition" with their insistence on furthering the election probe. King and other House Republicans are actively seeking to question members of the Clinton and Obama teams.
Officials from both the Clinton campaign team and the Obama administration have appeared in front of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees for testimony on the Russian investigation. Trump campaign and administration officials have also appeared.
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The House Judiciary Committee approved a resolution to request FBI documents pertaining to the investigation into Clinton's emails while she served as secretary of state. The investigation, which is now closed, sought to determine to what degree Clinton's private email server compromised national security.
A group of 20 Republicans, led by Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein asking for the appointment of a special counsel to look into the Clinton and Obama matters, according to the Washington Examiner.
"Democrats and the mainstream media called for a special counsel to be appointed to investigate any Russian influence on President Trump's campaign," read the letter from the lawmakers. "Their pleas were answered, but there are many questions that may be outside the scope of Special Counsel Mueller's investigation."
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The Republicans argued that Mueller's investigation was too narrow, concerning itself only with Russian interference into the 2016 election and any potential ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
Republicans also passed a resolution in July demanding special counsel to investigate leaks originating from former FBI Director James Comey. The investigation into Comey seeks to find out if he knew about improper "unmasking" procedures by members of the Obama administration.
"The American public has a right to know the facts -- all of them -- surrounding the election and its aftermath,” said the Republicans in their letter to Sessions and Rosenstein, according to McClatchy DC Bureau. "We urge you to appoint a second special counsel to ensure these troubling, unanswered questions are not relegated to the dustbin of history."