House GOP to Investigate FBI's Handling of Clinton Email Probe

Chairmen of 2 committees have questions about DOJ's actions during 2016 election
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 24, 2017 1:28 PM CDT
House GOP to Probe Obama's Justice Department
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., left, the committee's ranking member Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich. and member Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-SC, watches as then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 12, 2016.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The Republican chairmen of two House committees announced Tuesday they're opening an investigation into actions the Obama administration's Justice Department took during last year's presidential election, the AP reports. The chairmen said in a statement Tuesday they have several questions, including why then-FBI Director James Comey decided to publicly announce the investigation into Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information but not to publicly announce the investigation into Donald Trump's campaign associates. Trump fired Comey in May. At first, the White House cited a harsh memo about Comey's performance from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as the justification—though Trump later said he would have fired Comey regardless of what the Justice Department recommended.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, Judiciary Committee chair, and Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, Oversight Committee chair, announced the probe. They described it as necessary to "better understand the reasoning behind how certain conclusions were drawn." Other questions the GOP lawmakers said they want addressed revolve around the decision not to file criminal charges against Clinton. The lack of charges remains a lingering grievance for Trump, who for months has held it up as an example of a "rigged" criminal justice system that shielded his Democratic opponent from punishment for her use of a private server for government business. Comey said in July 2016 that Clinton's handling of classified info was "extremely careless" but that the FBI would not recommend charges against her. The two chairmen said they want to know more about the FBI's timeline for charging decisions. (More Hillary Clinton stories.)

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