It’s finally here: Republican Senators want to know how former Secretary of state Hillary Clinton was found out to have violated the law but walked unscathed.
This effort isn’t being led by some new Republican senators looking to make a name for themselves. It is being led by the chairmen of three different committees: Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee; Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee; and, Ron Johnson, Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.
The Daily Caller reports:
The Republican chairmen of three Senate committees are pressing Attorney General William Barr for details about “highly classified information” that the FBI declined to investigate as part of the Hillary Clinton email probe.
According to the Republicans, the FBI drafted a memo in May 2016 saying that the information was “necessary” to complete the investigation into Clinton’s handling of classified information on her private email server.
But as the Justice Department inspector general found in a report released last year, the FBI declined to take up the matter before closing the Clinton investigation in July 2016.
According to the report, the chairmen wrote a letter to the Attorney General detailing how the inspector general’s finding “raises significant issues associated with the FBI’s failure to review certain highly classified information in support of its Midyear investigation.”
“In particular,” the chairmen continued via the Washington Examiner, “the Inspector General noted that it learned that the FBI acquired classified material that ‘may have included information potentially relevant to the Midyear investigation.’ The FBI even drafted a memorandum in May of 2016 stating that access to the information was ‘necessary to complete the investigation.’ However, that memorandum was never completed.”
This is not the first time these Republican chairmen have pressed the Justice Department on the issue, but they were previously denied an answer, as the Daily Caller reports, because the Justice Department said an answer could interfere with the Mueller investigation.
With the Mueller investigation over and its final report scheduled to be released on Thursday of this week, the chairmen are pressing again for some answers.
“Now that the Special Counsel’s investigation has concluded, we are unaware of any legitimate basis upon which the Department can refuse to answer the Judiciary Committee’s inquiries,” the chairmen wrote in the letter.
Here’s even more on the FBI’s handling of the Clinton case, via the Washington Examiner:
The Republicans previously requested information on a classified appendix to the Justice Department inspector general’s report titled, “A Review of Various Actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice in Advance of the 2016 Election,” that was released in June 2018.
The 568-page inspector general report found former FBI Director James Comey was “insubordinate” and “affirmatively concealed” his intentions from Justice Department leadership during the investigation into Clinton’s private email server. The report also slammed former FBI investigator Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who were having an affair with each other, for anti-Trump tweets that suggested “a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate’s electoral prospects.”
Though the report criticized FBI actions as unorthodox and at times improper, ultimately it concluded that this did not change the outcome of the Clinton email investigation.