Several conservative House Republicans have proposed an amendment that would alter a Democratic colleague's bill from an inquiry into the firing of former FBI Director James Comey into an investigation into his personal conduct, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's campaign, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice.
On July 25, four House Republicans filed an amendment calling for a congressional probe of Comey's own probe of Clinton's use of a private email server. The amendment would also call for investigations into a myriad of other issues that conservatives have asserted merit more scrutiny than the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russian officials during the 2016 presidential race.
The proposed amendment would be attached to a bill introduced by Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington. Jayapal's legislation called for the Department of Justice to provide Congress with documents related to Comey's termination. If the amendment were passed, it would erase Jayapal's proposal and insert the House Republicans' requests.
GOP Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mike Johnson of Louisiana all co-sponsored the proposal, The Washington Post reports.
The Republican amendment would call for DOJ documents related to Lynch's request that Comey soften the language of his probe into Clinton's email server, Comey's release of a memo detailing his interactions with President Donald Trump, immunity deals given to Clinton aides during the email probe and Comey's reasoning for not probing several events in the Clinton campaign.
The amendment also questioned whether Comey knew that Rice had allegedly unmasked several Trump campaign members after their interactions with Russian officials.
Comey stated during congressional testimony that he had leaked his memos to Columbia University Law School professor Daniel Richman. On July 10, Richman asserted that the former FBI director did not break the law by releasing the documents.
"No memo was given to me that was marked 'classified,'" Richman told CNN.
Rice has repeatedly denied that she unmasked Trump campaign members for politically motivated reasons. On July 21, the former national security adviser submitted to a private interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee as a part of its investigation into Russia's role during the election, ABC News reports.
Biggs flatly stated that the amendment was in response to the congressional and federal inquiries into the Trump campaign and whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey.
"The bottom line is we are tired of passively letting people make accusations to overcrowd our agenda and they ought to respond to claims we know exist about their misconduct," Biggs told the Washington Examiner.
"Both parties have criticized James Comey over the past year for his performance as FBI director," added Jordan. "Even [Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California] says there should be an investigation into Loretta Lynch and James Comey's handling of the Clinton investigation. Let's have a special counsel for that and see how serious congressional Democrats are about getting to the truth."
In November 2016, Trump stated that he would not use his DOJ to investigate Clinton and her campaign.
"I don't want to hurt the Clintons, I really don't," Trump told The New York Times. "She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways, and I am not looking to hurt them at all."
On July 25, Trump appeared to change his mind when he took to social media to call for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate his election opponent.
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!" Trump tweeted.
Sources: ABC News, CNN, Donald J. Trump/Twitter, The New York Times, Washington Examiner, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Federal Bureau of Investigation/Flickr, Marc Nozell/Flickr, Gage Skidmore/Flickr