House GOP leaders open probe into FBI's handling of Clinton investigation
The chairman of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees announced on Tuesday a joint investigation into how the FBI handled last year's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.
"Decisions made by the Department of Justice in 2016 have led to a host of outstanding questions that must be answered," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said in a joint statement.
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 are also interested to know why the FBI decided to formally notify Congress of the 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 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," their statement continued.
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House panels to grill Comeys former chief of staff on FBI probe of Clinton
A pair of House committees on Thursday morning will grill former FBI Director James Comey’s onetime chief of staff as part of an ongoing joint probe into the bureau’s handling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
For months, FBI official James Rybicki has been hotly sought by Republicans, who have suggested his testimony could provide support for President Trump’s decision to fire Comey in the spring of last year.
Rybicki is expected to face questions from members of the Oversight and Government Reform and the Judiciary committees on the drafting of Comey’s 2016 memo clearing Clinton, that year’s Democratic presidential nominee, as well as a series of texts between two agents criticizing 2016 election candidates, including Trump.
Lawmakers will be limited to questions related to how the bureau handled the Clinton investigation, according to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). The narrow scope is likely to avoid conflicting with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia. That investigation includes probing whether Trump’s dismissal of Comey was an effort to obstruct justice.
http://thehill.com/policy/national-secu ... even-hoursFormer Comey aide grilled by House panel for over seven hours
Two House panels on Thursday questioned former FBI Director James Comey’s former chief of staff during a closed-door interview that lasted more than seven hours.
FBI official James Rybicki faced questions from lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee as part of a joint investigation into the way the bureau handled the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Democrats have slammed the investigation as a sham designed to distract from the federal investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia, while Republicans have defended it as a legitimate oversight exercise. Oversight chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) characterized the interview as nothing more than a standard deposition.
Lawmakers of both parties filtered in and out of interview tight-lipped on the details of the interview, although they largely indicated that Rybicki was cooperating with the questions. Without divulging particulars, Gowdy described it as turning up previously unknown information. Like a similar marathon interview with FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in December, the briefing was confidential but not classified. <BIG SNIP more blah blah "A colossal waste of time” at the link>
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Justice Dept. watchdog briefs lawmakers on investigation into FBI's Clinton email probe
(CNN)The Justice Department watchdog briefed a bipartisan group of lawmakers Tuesday on its investigation into the FBI's actions during the 2016 election, including its probe into Hillary Clinton's emails.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is nearing the conclusion of the investigation, which includes scrutiny of the actions of senior officials, such as former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
Horowitz met Tuesday with House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, the panel's top Democrat, Elijah Cummings of Maryland, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia and top Democrat Jerry Nadler of New York. ...
In the fall, Republicans on House Oversight and Judiciary Committees launched their own investigation into the FBI and Justice Department's handling of the Clinton email probe. The committees have held two closed-door interviews, with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and James Rybicki, who served as Comey's chief of staff. ...
Horowitz's report is expected to be completed as early as March, although that date could still be pushed back. Asked if the report was likely to come out in March or later, like April, Gowdy said "April."