Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) made an announcement on Tuesday that the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will begin a join investigation looking into how the Department of Justice and FBI handled the inquiry into how Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mishandled classified documents.
A joint statement was issued by the two legislators that claimed “decisions made by the Department of Justice in 2016 have led to a host of outstanding questions that must be answered.”
What they are particularly worried about is the decision by the FBI to announce publicly they were investigating Secretary Clinton, the FBI timeline with regards to the same investigation and why the FBI and not the Department of Justice made the decision to not press charges against Hillary Clinton.
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) October 24, 2017
Per Daily Wire:
The two leaders said they had questions, as well, as to why the FBI publicly declared that they were investigating Clinton, yet chose to conduct a similar investigation into then-candidate Donald Trump without informing Congress or the public.
“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,” the statement said.
Democrats immediately cried foul, and accused both Gowdy and Goodlatte of naked partisanship, but thanks to an earlier Congressional report, an investigation was likely impossible to avoid — and if Congress wasn’t interested, the Department of Justice would most likely have been asked to conduct an internal audit on the matter.
Back in August, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) revealed that former FBI Director James Comey began drafting a statement announcing that the FBI would not recommend the DOJ seek charges against Hillary Clinton before the FBI had officially concluded its investigation or, for that matter, spoken to key witnesses, like Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills.
The report cast doubt on Comey’s handling of the investigation.
This is something that is long overdue. I can’t think of anyone better to be at the center of this investigation than Trey Gowdy.