Congress is fed up with the Department of Justice withholding information related to the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
Senate Judicary Chairman Chuck Grassley blasted the DOJ for leaking more information to the media than they’ll provide to him in response to formal congressional inquiries.
Grassley wants more information from the DOJ so he can consider the possibility of offering immunity to Clinton aide Bryan Pagliano, who managed Clinton’s personal server that contained classified emails, in exchange for his testimony.
Grassley and Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Chariman Ron Johnson sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the DOJ requesting the information Sept. 14, but the DOJ replied on Tuesday refusing to acknowledge any investigation.
Grassley is fed up.
“The Justice Department is giving us less information than normal when they should be giving us more, so that we can make an informed decision about whether to seek an immunity order,” Grassley said in a statement. “You know it is getting a little absurd when someone at the Justice Department is apparently leaking details to the press about an investigation that the department officially refuses to admit to Congress that it is conducting.”
This comes after reports that the FBI has been able to uncover thousands of Clinton emails that she had deemed personal and deleted. Congress wants more information about this probe, but the DOJ won’t even say the investigation exists.
“In light of the details reported in the media, the committee will be seeking more information about the State Department’s attempts to regain possession of the email records that should have remained at the State Department in the first place,” Grassley said in a statement. “The FBI should also provide clarity on how it will handle the emails now that they have been recovered from the server. Allowing an independent authority to search for records that were requested by Congress, the Inspector General, the press, and the public years ago, and then providing the records to the appropriate requesters, would be a welcome move in transparency.”
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