Trump allies call on Cummings to schedule hearing over Comey report

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Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanHow conservative conspiracy theories are deepening America's political divide GOP-Trump fractures on masks open up Democrats start cracking down on masks for lawmakers MORE (Ohio), the top Republican on the Oversight committee, and committee member Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Miami pauses reopenings as COVID-19 infections rise, schools nationally plot return Overnight Health Care: Trump downplaying of COVID-19 sparks new criticism of response Trump downplaying sparks new criticism of COVID-19 response MORE (R-N.C.) asked Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsFacial recognition tools under fresh scrutiny amid police protests The sad spectacle of Trump's enablers Democrat Kweisi Mfume wins House primary in Maryland 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 BarrBill BarrOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Key impeachment witness retires | Duckworth presses for information | Subpanel advances defense measure | Democrats press for end to military transgender ban DOJ to resume executions next week for first time in 15 years Tim Scott says he's talking with House Democrats about reviving police reform bill 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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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.