Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) encouraged Attorney General William Barr to continue his quest “get to the bottom” of the origins of the investigation into Russian election meddling and to whether or not the Department of Justice “misused” any federal agencies during the probe.
Joining Dana Bash on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Ernst pushed back on accusations that Barr is weaponizing the DOJ on the president’s behalf while also acknowledging that “we do tend to be pushing and pulling our Department of Justice.”
“I do think that if the FBI and other federal agencies were misused, whether it was looking into campaign activities or otherwise, we do need to get to the bottom of that because we should not be using those federal agencies to go after political opponents. So I think we do, for the American people, have to find out what went on there.”
“But at some point, we need to move on from this issue,” she added.
Watch her remarks below:
CNN’s Dana Bush: What do you think about Barr’s investigation?
Sen. Joni Ernst: I do think that if the FBI and other federal agencies were misused … we do need to get to the bottom of that … At some point we need to move on from this issue. #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/JFEEl9m52Q
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 26, 2019
Ernst joins many other congressional Republicans in backing Barr’s effort to find out how the Russia investigation started and whether or not the DOJ or FBI abused their power. Many believe an unconstitutional warrant was issued to surveil the Trump campaign and that FBI workers acted out of political bias during the probe.
In an effort to be transparent, President Donald Trump ordered the attorney general to declassify information and documents surrounding the investigation. As IJR Red reported, some Republicans are predicting the released information will reflect badly upon Democrats, who have pushed back on Trump’s move.
“There is information coming that will curl your hair. I can tell you that the reason why it is so visceral — the response from the Democrats is so visceral right now — is because they know, they’ve seen documents,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said this week.