House Republicans have ended their investigation of the Hillary Clinton email server and the FBI.
What it found was concerns about the “thoroughness and impartiality” of the investigation done by the FBI, CNN reported.
Notably, the Republican lawmakers also argued that their investigation was not an attempt to undercut special counsel Robert Mueller — a charge leveled by Democrats throughout the Republican-led investigation.
“Quite the opposite, whatever product is produced by the special counsel must be trusted by Americans and that requires asking tough but fair questions about investigative techniques both employed and not employed,” Goodlatte and Gowdy wrote.
The letter, which was addressed to acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, marks the conclusion of the yearlong Republican investigation.
The Republican leaders haven’t indicated they’ll put out any kind of supplemental report on their findings, although they do plan to release transcripts of the 19 interviews that were conducted, including with former FBI Director James Comey, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and a pair of FBI officials, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who were faulted for exchanging anti-Trump text messages.
The concerns outlined by Goodlatte and Gowdy, who are both retiring from Congress, reiterate many prior criticisms included in Horowitz’s report on the Clinton probe, including Comey’s handling of the decision not to prosecute Clinton and charges of political bias against Strzok and Page. They argued that Strzok wasn’t removed quickly enough after he had a senior role on the Clinton and Russia investigations and the early stages of the Mueller probe.
“It is not the discovery of bias that is so destructive to fairness, it is the existence of it,” the lawmakers wrote. “How an agent with this level of bias could have been centrally involved at each stage of three major investigations needs to be fully understood so it can be fully avoided and mitigated.”
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy wrote a letter ending the probe and expressing concerns.
Democrats ignored those concerns and celebrated the ending of the investigation.
House GOP has been investigating Clinton's emails on & off since before the election & come up with a big fat nothing.
Meanwhile, in <2 years, the Mueller probe has resulted in about 37 indictments & 7 guilty pleas, & is circling ever closer to Trump. https://t.co/RU56xltPo3
— Pièce de Résistance (@PieceDeReSister) December 29, 2018
For the past five years have these jokers done anything other than investigate Hillary Clinton?
House Republicans wrap their investigation into FBI handling of Clinton and Russia probes – CNNPolitics https://t.co/QmRz2i1BN7
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) December 29, 2018
House Republicans quietly end investigation into FBI, DOJ.
— Thomas Reich (@gollum1419_g) December 29, 2018
House Republicans unceremoniously ended their investigation into the way the FBI and DOJ handled Clinton’s email scandal and the allegations of bias against President Trump.
They won't even write a report. https://t.co/E9C7f4p7sZ
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) December 29, 2018