While the rest of the country waits with bated breath to find out what Special Counsel Robert Mueller has dug up about President Donald Trump and the Russians, the House Judiciary Committee remains preoccupied with Hillary Clinton’s emails — and they may have gotten there via Reddit.
According to Foreign Policy, the Judiciary Committee’s latest resolution to look into various Clinton conspiracy theories was “crowdsourced,” or collaboratively drafted, on r/The_Donald, a pro-Trump board on the popular Reddit social network.
The issues were specifically chosen by Devin Murphy, a legislative aide for Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and were then drafted into a resolution that was passed by the committee.
“I work for Congress and have been asked to come up with a list of Clinton/Obama/election scandals for my boss ASAP,” Murphy reportedly posted on the subreddit. “This is not a shitpost. This is real. Congressional investigation. Do it for America!”
The resolution falls short mandating a formal investigation, but rather would “express the sense of the House of Representatives that a special counsel should be appointed” to investigate issues such as potential “collusion” between Mueller and fired FBI Director James Comey, “immunity deals provided by the FBI to various Clinton aides,” and the exact terms of Huma Abedin’s employment in the State Department during Clinton’s tenure.
Gaetz’s resolution also “hijacked” one proposed by Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and David Cicilline (D-RI) that requested that the Justice Department “provide Congress with various documents relevant to the firing of Comey.”