Trey Gowdy and Bob Goodlatte Strike Deal for Documents from DOJ

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 28: House Benghazi Committee Chairman, Trey Gowdy (R-SC), participates in a news conference with fellow Committee Republicans after the release of the Committees Benghazi report on Capitol Hill June 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were killed during an attack on a U.S. outpost and CIA annex in Libya on September 11, 2012. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

We have a deal!

That’s what House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy just declared, announcing that they’ve reached a deal with the Justice Department for access to previously unavailable documents.

The two congressmen released the following joint statement:

Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) released the following statement after reaching an agreement with Department of Justice (DOJ) Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd and United States Attorney John Lausch to review and obtain documents and information pursuant to the Committees’ joint investigation into decisions made in 2016 and 2017.

So what does this mean? What do these documents apply to? Who will go to jail?

(I’m jesting on the last question…only a little).

In their statement, Gowdy and Goodlatte provide a helpful list of the incidents the documents cover:

  • In October 2017, the Committees opened a joint investigation into the decisions made by the Department of Justice in 2016 and 2017.
  • In December 2017, the Committees sent a follow-up letter requesting documents and information regarding the FBI’s decision making in 2016 and 2017.
  • On March 22, the House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena to the Department of Justice for documents pursuant to the Committees’ joint investigation.
  • On April 11, Chairman Goodlatte and Chairman Gowdy met with U.S. Attorney John Lausch to discuss the Committees’ access to documents related to our joint investigation.

The phrase “decisions made by the Department of Justice in 2016 and 2017” refers to the DOJ’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible ties to the Russian government, which has resulted in a special counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller.

Gowdy and Goodlatte seem determined to get to the bottom of all the shenanigans Obama’s DOJ pulled during the presidential campaign, including potential wiretapping of members of the Trump campaign, and maybe even a set-up of Trump using the debunked dossier.

It’s great they finally reached a deal on the documents. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been stonewalling this House-led investigation for some time.

What do you think? With Gowdy on the case, will they find something corrupt at the bottom of all of this? Tell us your thoughts below!

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