Capitol Hill divided over proposed investigation of Clinton Foundation
Some GOP lawmakers are jumping at the chance to further controversy surrounding the Clinton campaign. They’re calling for a special investigation, following reports of possible conflicts of interest between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department.
"Where did the Clinton Foundation stop, and where did the State Department begin?" said Congressman John Ratcliffe (R-TX).
A question several GOP lawmakers have after reports that Hillary Clinton took meetings as Secretary of State with many donors to her foundation. Ratcliffe and 49 GOP colleagues are demanding a special investigation by the Department of Justice.
"These aren’t just House Republicans asking questions," said Ratcliffe. "It’s the Associated Press. It’s the New York Times Editorial Board. And now apparently it’s the FBI. So these are questions that the American people want regardless of their political stripes."
Ratcliffe says the Clintons are treated differently than everyone else, even more of a reason for the Department of Justice to investigate in a non-partisan manner.
"I worked at the Department of Justice," said Ratcliffe. "'Lady Justice' is supposed to wear a blindfold. I’m afraid that there are some in the Administration who have taken advantage that fact that 'Lady Justice' wears a blindfold. Taking advantage of that to sneak up behind her, kidnap her, and stuff her in the back of a trunk."
But other lawmakers on Capitol Hill are questioning whether this is the best use of Congressional time. Considering the short legislative schedule for the rest of the year, there’s a call to focus on passing bills rather than investigating presidential candidates.
"Here we are talking about political issues," said Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX). "Not that I’m saying they’re not important, but we ought to set priorities."
Cuellar says those priorities include fighting Zika, funding the military, and the government in general, things yet to be accomplished.
"As members of Congress I think we ought to be focusing on what our constituents sent us over here (to do)," said Cuellar.
Cuellar says he doesn’t know why this has to happen right before the election. Ratcliffe says he’ll keep the pressure on the DOJ until he gets a response from Attorney General Loretta Lynch.