Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., warned the Department of Justice Inspector General that federal law enforcement officials "may have changed the report in a way that obfuscates your findings," The Hill reports.
DeSantis, in a letter signed by fellow House Judiciary Committee members Reps. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., and Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., argue Congress should be allowed to review the report's findings to determine whether it has been "compromised," although they have "every confidence" the probe was "thorough and accurate."
"Your team has worked to ensure that this report is thorough and accurate; however, an investigation of this magnitude and consequence deserves heightened scrutiny to ensure that the process has not been compromised in any way," they wrote. "The trust of the America people depends on it. We are concerned that during this time, people may have changed the report in a way that obfuscates your findings."
The lawmakers add they dispute the DOJ's argument the documents related to the investigation cannot be released due to national security concerns.
"Unfortunately, over the past year, the DOJ has repeatedly fought requests by Congress to produce documents related to this investigation, and when the DOJ actually provided documents, the materials have been heavily redacted," they continued. "Past and present DOJ officials have asserted security concerns, even though the documents have not legitimately contained security issues."
The legislators "request the various drafts of the report, particularly the draft provided to the DOJ and FBI, before those agencies made any changes to the draft report, be provided to us."
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