House Republicans will continue their probes into the FBI and Department of Justice, according to Politico.
A group of Trump loyalists want to keep up the investigation, "which they believe shows that federal law enforcement officials weaponized their biases against President Donald Trump in 2016." The group is led by Reps. Doug Collins (R-GA), Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Devin Nunes (R-CA)
The group will not have the manpower to keep up the work, but Jim Jordan (R-OH) said, “We’ve got to keep digging for the truth no matter what.”
Collins and Jordan have both asked Judiciary Committee’s GOP staff lawyers to continue to work on the investigation.
The minority party, now the Republicans, on an investigative committee has limited authority. Republicans will not be able to "set up hearings, compel the attendance of witnesses", or use subpoenas to access relevant documents.
Republicans can only write letters, ask for briefings, and request documents, Politico reported*.*
A GOP aid, Kurt Bardella, said “You’re effectively in the position where you’re fighting something with nothing. It’s not like the FBI is going to be inclined to talk to them voluntarily.”
Democrats have suggested that instead, Congress issue a subpoena for documents related to Trump’s private meetings with Putin. This references the alleged FBI concern that Trump was a Russian agent.
Yet, House Republicans pursuing the investigation do have the president, which is a major asset. Democrats say that they are preparing for the possibility that Jordan and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) will use their relationship with Trump to secure documents and information from the Justice Department. Democrats say that such actions would not be allowed, as the Justice Department should be independent of the President*.*
Democrats say that they will not help Republicans with their investigations.
A Democratic aide said, “We are out of the business of investigating the investigators. If we uncover indications that something is amiss during the course of our work, we will not ignore it. But so far, we have seen only unfounded accusations and character assassination directed at patriotic, dedicated public servants.”