Trump allies call on Cummings to schedule hearing over Comey report

Two of President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE's most fervent House allies are calling on the House Oversight and Reform Committee chairman to schedule a hearing promptly with Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz, the day after Horowitz released a scathing report about former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien Comey3 reasons why impeachment fatigue has already set in Day 2 impeachment ratings drop by more than 1 million from first day Chris Wallace on Yovanovitch testimony: 'If you're not moved, you don't have a pulse' MORE violating the bureau's policies.

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanDiplomat seen rolling his eyes amid testy impeachment exchange with Jordan Live coverage: Impeachment spotlight shifts to Fiona Hill, David Holmes House GOP wants Senate Republicans to do more on impeachment MORE (Ohio), the top Republican on the Oversight committee, and committee member Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsHouse GOP wants Senate Republicans to do more on impeachment Michelle Obama presents Lin-Manuel Miranda with National Portrait Award Sondland testimony looms over impeachment hearings this week MORE (R-N.C.) asked Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsDebate gives Democrats a chance to focus on unaddressed issues of concern to black voters Maloney wins House Oversight gavel The Hill's Morning Report - Wild Wednesday: Sondland testimony, Dem debate take center stage MORE (D-Md.) on Friday to schedule a hearing with Horowitz to discuss his report's findings.

“In light of the great costs to our country stemming from Comey’s reckless conduct, we respectfully request that you immediately schedule a hearing with Inspector General Horowitz to examine the OIG [Office of Inspector General] report about Comey’s misconduct," they write in a letter released Friday.


Horowitz, in a report released on Thursday morning, found that the former FBI chief broke the bureau's rules by seeking to share unauthorized information about ongoing investigations with a friend through memos — a friend who then gave the information to The New York Times two months after Comey was removed from the FBI by Trump.

While Horowitz declined to make a recommendation as to whether to charge the former FBI chief — and Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe truth about presidential power GOP rep predicts watchdog report on alleged FISA abuses will find 'problems' Barr defends Trump's use of executive authority, slams impeachment hearings MORE has said he will not prosecute Comey — the report gave new fodder for Trump and his Republican allies who have long alleged malfeasance by top members of the Justice Department and FBI during the 2016 election.

“Because Comey’s compilation and dissemination of sensitive FBI information led directly to two-plus years of political turmoil and vitriolic partisan attacks on the president, the OIG’s report demands congressional attention,” they write.

A spokesperson for Cummings did not immediately return a request for comment.

According to the 83-page report, Comey did not leak classified information to the press, despite GOP allegations that he had done so, but Horowitz did find that he mishandled sensitive information.

The scrutiny of his handling of the memos came after the former FBI chief told the Senate in 2017 that he gave his friend, Columbia University professor Daniel Richman, a memo with the intention he would leak it to the press and prompt the appointment of a special counsel. Comey's effort succeeded when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein tapped Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE, who led a 22-month-long investigation into Russian interference in the election and possible obstruction of justice by Trump and other officials. 

Comey described these memos as personal recollections, a claim Horowitz rebuked in his report, stating that Comey signed an employee agreement that made it clear such documents detailing his discussions as the FBI chief were considered FBI records. 

Republicans are now blaming Comey for those nearly two years in which Mueller's investigation dogged the White House.

"The disastrous IG Report on James Comey shows, in the strongest of terms, how unfairly I, and tens of millions of great people who support me, were treated. Our rights and liberties were illegally stripped away by this dishonest fool. We should be given our stolen time back?" Trump tweeted Friday.

Comey, on the other hand, has gone after his GOP critics for their claims that he leaked classified information to the press, stating that he would welcome apologies from those who sought to defame him.

“I don’t need a public apology from those who defamed me, but a quick message with a ‘sorry we lied about you’ would be nice,” Comey tweeted.

“And to all those who’ve spent two years talking about me ‘going to jail’ or being a ‘liar and a leaker’—ask yourselves why you still trust people who gave you bad info for so long, including the president,” he continued.