Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made the right call by picking Utah-based U.S. Attorney John Huber to investigate abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act — for now — Rep. Darrell Issa said Friday.
"When I ran the Oversight Committee, just because something seems like a good idea at the time, it doesn't mean it is the first thing you should do," the California Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" host Bill Hemmer.
Issa said he has no reason to doubt that the investigation will be honestly conducted, even though people from former President Barack Obama's administration "have a lot to hide, obviously."
"That's where the committee and jurisdiction, Bob Goodlatte, Trey Gowdy, will have to use their subpoena power," said Issa. "Ultimately, we are going to get to an outside investigation of the Department of Justice. In particular, the FBI. There have been too many things that shouldn't have happened, that happened at the behest of the Obama administration, in behest of the incoming [Hillary] Clinton administration. Or at least, they thought it was."
People always make references to Watergate, he added, but don't go back to the fact "that this happened again and again throughout the early FBI days under J. Edgar Hoover, where he played politics in order to essentially have the FBI beloved by a president. We can't have that. Trey Gowdy has the background to know exactly where we are going to end up."
Issa said he has no doubt that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will end up finding things in the probe that will go beyond the scope of what he can do.
"I know Michael Horowitz," said Issa. "He's a great inspector general. I've worked with him for years. He's going to go through a process, there is no question in my mind that he's going to find things that are going to be beyond the scope of what he can do, people who have left the Department of Justice, people who won't cooperate. He doesn't have subpoena authority, and he does not have criminal prosecution."
Further, Sessions has not recused himself from the investigation, said Issa, but he called for the investigation to run the course.
He predicted Democrats will fight every move, but having Horowitz on board will help because he is respected by both parties.
Issa also commented Friday about the battle concerning sanctuary city laws in his own state, saying there are many law-abiding citizens who have had enough.
"Do you want to live in a sanctuary city, knowing violent criminals are being released when, in fact, they could be deported?" said Issa.
He also decried the growing liberal climate in his state.
"We are in a state that was so lopsided, believe it or not, [Gov.] Jerry Brown has to be the conservative, vetoing extreme activities coming out of the legislature," said Issa. "We are a state where they are playing to the far left. [Vermont Sen.] Bernie Sanders here would be considered mainstream. That's our problem in California. We are out of touch with reality."
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