“FISA oversight falls squarely within the Judiciary Committee’s jurisdiction. We must act swiftly to address concerns outlined in the Inspector General’s report. Accordingly, I write to request you schedule a hearing as soon as possible following Congress’s receipt of the report.”
WASHINGTON — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, wrote the following letter to Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) calling on him to hold a hearing on the results of the Justice Department Inspector General’s investigation of possible abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
The letter is available here and below.
September 13, 2019
The Honorable Jerrold Nadler
Committee on the Judiciary
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Chairman Nadler:
Earlier today, Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz notified Attorney General William Barr of the completion of his investigation into possible abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance of Act (FISA) by DOJ officials during the 2016 presidential election. After the DOJ has a chance to review and comment on the report, it will be sent to the Judiciary Committee and made public.
As you know, FISA oversight falls squarely within the Judiciary Committee’s jurisdiction. We must act swiftly to address concerns outlined in the Inspector General’s report. Accordingly, I write to request you schedule a hearing as soon as possible following Congress’s receipt of the report. Further, I request that you invite Inspector General Michael Horowitz and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray to discuss the findings of the investigation at that hearing.
In accordance with the Committee’s jurisdiction under House Rule X, it is critical that the Judiciary Committee be the first House committee to query the Inspector General about his findings and Director Wray about steps he is taking to ensure any abuses do not reoccur. Members of the Judiciary Committee on both sides of the aisle have unique expertise regarding FISA, making our Committee best equipped to directly address the concerns contained in the Inspector General’s report.
I look forward to working with you to schedule this important hearing.
cc: The Honorable Michael Horowitz, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Justice
The Honorable Christopher Wray, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation