Justice Department officials who were key parts of what House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called a failed coup against President Donald Trump will yet pay a price for their actions, McCarthy vowed on Sunday.
“We came the closest ever to this country having a coup, and now we need accountability,” McCarthy said on the Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” according to Fox News.
McCarthy said former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will face the long-sought accountability Republicans have demanded once a report from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is released.
Horowitz investigated the use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in the initial investigation of any Trump campaign links to Russia. He has given Attorney General William Barr a draft of his report.
The issue at stake is whether the FBI deliberately misused and misrepresented the information it had on October 2016 when it sought to open surveillance on Carter Page, a member of Trump’s campaign team. The initial FBI probe later mushroomed into the investigation of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which found Trump’s campaign did not collude with Russia.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation showed that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, Attorney General William Barr wrote to Congress before the official release of the Mueller report.
Barr’s letter shared the highlights of the report filed and released by Mueller, who for almost two years investigated allegations of Russian collusion.
“The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 US Presidential Election,” Barr said in his letter.
McCarthy praised Barr’s handling of the investigation.
“I respect this attorney general so greatly, that the way he has handled this, he believes in accountability, but more importantly, he believes in the rule of law,” McCarthy added.