However, the Republicans have discovered all about it and they won’t just let it be.
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House Republicans are seeking answers after an FBI audit found 747 compliance errors in cases involving political groups and others in the bureau’s “sensitive” category over an 18-month span of Donald Trump’s presidency.
According to the report published by The Washington Times,
“The audit on March 11 covered the period from Jan. 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019.
No names were given in the audit report, but 191 of the 353 cases involved domestic public officials.
Other cases involved political candidates, as well as religious organizations or key members, domestic political organizations and individuals, but also the media.”
Republican Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona said the American people need to know what the FBI did wrong.
“It possibly includes information about the surveillance of candidate Trump and later President Trump. But this is almost 750 compliance problems in 350 cases,” Biggs told Fox News.
“The next step is to call on the committee to have a hearing on this. If I was in the majority, I would want to get to the bottom of this. I suspect this conduct goes back for multiple administrations and has been an ongoing problem affecting members of both parties,” he said.
“We can’t let this go. It’s an important issue. We’ve got to get to the bottom of it,” Biggs said. “The Judiciary Committee will have oversight in the next session of Congress.”
Biggs and fellow Republican Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mike Johnson of Louisiana have written a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray for an unredacted copy of the audit.
“This internal audit and the staggering number of errors it found suggest a pattern of misconduct and mismanagement within the FBI in failing to uphold internal rules for its most sensitive cases,” the letter said.
The letter noted that Wray had assured Congress last year the FBI had strict limits on what it would or would not investigate.
“However, this internal review — which you never disclosed and which shows fundamental errors with FBI investigations touching on sensitive political and constitutional matters — calls into question the reliability of your statements. The Committee must examine whether the FBI is taking seriously its compliance with its own rules intended to protect American civil liberties,” the letter said.
“This is the Federal Bureau of Investigation, part of the Justice Department, not following their own rules,” Jordan said in a recent appearance on Fox News.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) March 22, 2022