Judiciary Committee – An Attorney General who won’t answer questions about the law?

Judiciary Committee – An Attorney General who won’t answer questions about the law?

A lot happened this week – we’ll get right to it. First we want to update you on the recently announced working group to examine ways to end the excessive use of force, strengthen police accountability, and prevent violent attacks on law enforcement. The working group held its first meeting on Thursday and was a productive first step. We owe it to the victims of senseless acts of violence to work on the best solution to addressing these issues.

An Attorney General who won’t answer questions about the law?

Following the FBI announcement that they would not be recommending prosecution of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her “extreme carelessness” in mishandling classified material, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced she would be following the recommendation of the FBI and not pursuing the investigation further. By all accounts, these announcements were baffling, especially in light of all the evidence of negligence FBI Director Comey laid out in his press conference.
Under oath, Attorney General Lynch refused to answer even the simplest of questions about the law and investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
On Tuesday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch appeared before the Committeefor our annual Oversight of the Department of Justice hearing. During this hearing, members asked the Attorney General many questions about her handling of this investigation. However, she refused to answer the vast majority of questions on the investigation and abdicated her responsibility as chief law enforcement officer. In fact, she refused to answer over 70 questions, as noted in this video round-up from Congressman Ron DeSantis.

Despite the Attorney General’s refusal to answer our questions, rest assured we will continue to our investigation into Secretary Clinton’s mishandling of classified material and whether or not she committed perjury before Congress.

If you think we’re exaggerating about the Attorney General refusing to answer our questions, watch this video of Rep. Doug Collins. She wouldn’t even answer his question about whether or not it’s breaking the law to drive 65mph in a 55mph zone.

The Constitution is Clear

In a big victory for the Constitution this week, the Separation of Powers Restoration Act, sponsored by Rep. John Ratcliffe, passed the House. This bill would restore the proper separation of powers by requiring federal courts to once again carefully scrutinize agencies’ interpretations and decisions regarding the statutes passed by Congress. This renewed judicial guidance will put regulatory agencies on notice that bureaucrats will no longer receive a rubber stamp on their own interpretations of the laws passed by Congress.

What does a restoration of the system of checks and balances in government mean for you? Rep. Ratcliffe, Chairman Goodlatte, and Speaker Ryan answer just that.

Congress also acted to pass the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which now heads to the President for his signature. The opioid epidemic facing our nation is destroying families and lives across the US. Congress has now taken decisive action to strengthen the enforcement of our nation’s drug laws, provide tools to combat addiction, offer appropriate treatment and care to addicts so that they can begin to reclaim and rebuild their lives.

As Congress goes into recess and returns in September, we’ll be continuing our work on criminal justice reform. The Committee has approved 11 bills so far that rein in the explosion of federal criminal law to protect the innocent, reform federal sentencing requirements, reform the prison and reentry system, improve federal criminal procedures, and protect Americans’ property.

Finally, we want to send our sincerest condolences to the people of France following the horrific terrorist attack last night. Our hearts are with the victims and we will continue to stand strong with our ally in the face of terror.

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