Democrats have grown defensive following the House Intel panel’s announcement that it has launched an investigation into the Justice Department’s handling of the Clinton email scandal, claiming it is an attempt to overshadow the current probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“This new investigation is a massive diversion to distract from the lack of Republican oversight of the Trump administration and the national security threat that Russia poses,” said Democratic Representatives Elijah Cummings of Maryland and John Conyers, Jr., of Michigan, respectively the ranking members of the House Oversight and House Judiciary Committees.

“Ten months into the Trump administration and House Republicans still have not held a single substantive oversight hearing on clear abuses by the president or his top aides. That amounts to ten months of abdication of responsibility — a near total failure to question, investigate, or challenge the president or the White House, including on grave allegations of obstruction of justice.”

The investigation Republicans announced earlier in the day will likely to focus on issues such as how then-FBI Director James Comey decided to announce the conclusion of the Clinton email investigation and possibly usurped decision-making power that should have been reserved for DOJ attorneys, as well as recent reports indicating Comey may have been drafting a statement about the conclusion of the Clinton investigation before the interview with Clinton was even complete.

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