The Committee began conducting oversight of the FBI in 2016 in the wake of news reports that FBI officials exhibited political bias while assigned to high-profile, politically-oriented cases, specifically the FBI’s investigation into the mishandling of classified information by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and later the FBI’s investigation of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Between 2018 and 2020, the Committee obtained tens of thousands of pages of responsive records and made many of those public, including text messages between FBI officials indicating political bias and a host of declassified materials.
The Committee issued five subpoenas, held a hearing to examine the DOJ Inspector General’s report of FBI misconduct, and published a comprehensive timeline synthesizing the FBI’s investigation and other relevant events.
In October 2020, the Committee issued a majority staff report describing how the General Services Administration, FBI, and Special Counsel improperly and secretly sought and received access to Trump transition team records.
The Committee also issued a majority staff report in 2017 detailing 125 leaks in the Trump administration’s first 126 days, 62 of which could harm our national security as defined by the Obama administration. Those leaks drove and sustained the false Russian collusion with the Trump campaign narrative.