The questions are too numerous to list regarding the Obama-run FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s “extremely careless” use of a private server to send classified information while she was secretary of state.
Last month, two senators disclosed that then-FBI chief James Comey drafted a letter exonerating Clinton from criminal charges months before the investigation was completed.
That has left members of Congress unhappy, and they’ve announced their own investigation to try to get to the bottom of the misbehavior by the twice-failed Democratic hopeful for the Oval Office.
“Decisions made by the Department of Justice in 2016 have led to a host of outstanding questions that must be answered,” concluded Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judicial Committee.
The committee has joined with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., to issue a statement that they will investigate the FBI’s investigation of Clinton.
The Hill reported the two Republican leaders said they have “questions about the FBI’s decision to openly declare the bureau’s investigation into Clinton’s handling of classified information, while quietly investigating Trump campaign associates.”
They also want to know, according to The Hill, why the FBI “decided to formally notify Congress of the Clinton probe on two separate occasions; why the FBI – rather than the Justice Department – recommended that Clinton not be charged after the investigation concluded; and the reasoning behind their timeline for announcing such decisions.”
The joint statement said the committees “will review these decisions and others to better understand the reasoning behind how certain conclusions were drawn. Congress has a constitutional duty to preserve the integrity of our justice system by ensuring transparency and accountability of actions taken.”
Clinton’s use of an unsecured server left her in violation of State Department policy to protect the nation’s secrets.
Comey criticized her for being “extremely careless” in his unusual public announcement explaining the decision not to refer charges to the Justice Department.
It was Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who revealed that Comey drafted a statement letting Hillary Clinton off the hook “months before making a public statement.”
Comey was fired by President Trump earlier this year.
One of the reasons cited was his mishandling of the Hillary Clinton probe.
The Hill reported Democrats on the House committees were opposed to the investigation. They claimed it would distract the public from their own investigation into allegations of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign in 2016.
“Apparently, House Republicans are more concerned about Jim Comey than Vladimir Putin,” they said in a statement. “The Russian government continues to represent a clear and present threat to the United States and our democratic system, and we are the targets of near-constant cyberattacks by foreign adversaries. Yet House Republicans have taken no concrete steps to secure our next election.”
WND reported last month that among the many developments regarding Hillary Clinton’s emails was a move by a federal judge to personally review redacted material.
At the time, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said she would determine whether or not the Trump administration can withhold evidence that could shed light on accusations Clinton and her staff mishandled classified information.
Rejecting arguments by State Department and Justice Department lawyers, the judge ordered the State Department to file an affidavit addressing why it should not have to search newly recovered Clinton emails.
The Freedom of Information Act lawsuit was brought by the government-watchdog Judicial Watch after the State Department failed to respond to a March 10, 2015, request.
Judicial Watch wants all records of requests by Clinton or her staff to the State Department Office Security Technology seeking approval for the use of an iPad or iPhone for official government business. It also seeks communications related to the use of unauthorized electronic devices for official government business.
Just weeks ago, a Maryland judge ordered the state bar to investigate allegations Clinton and her lawyers destroyed evidence regarding their handling of classified information through a private email server. Clinton and her associates were allowed to decide which of her 60,000 emails on her private server to surrender to the State Department and which would be withheld. About 33,000 were withheld as “private.” The FBI, however, later found thousands of work-related emails that weren’t turned over to the government.
Also, Judicial Watch released another 1,617 pages of documentation obtained from the State Department that details additional instances of “pay-to-play” by the Clinton Foundation when Clinton was secretary of state.