The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced Monday that the Justice Department has agreed to provide them with documents related to the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, reports Fox News.
The deal was struck after Reps. Bob Goodlatte, (R-VA), and Trey Gowdy, (R-S.C.), met this month with the U.S. attorney, John Lausch, who has been selected to respond to Republican demands for documents.
“We look forward to reviewing the information to better understand the decisions made by the Department of Justice in 2016 and 2017,” Goodlatte and Gowdy said in a joint statement. “Congress has a constitutional responsibility to preserve the integrity of our justice system by ensuring transparency and accountability of actions taken.”
Goodlatte subpoenaed the Justice Department last month for records of the investigation, which ended in July 2016 without charges being filed against Clinton. The congressman met with Lausch two weeks ago about the documents.
Fox news reports that the DOJ will release 1,000 documents by Wednesday morning that will show how the DOJ and the FBI mishandled the Clinton email probe while also probing President Trump in the Russian collusion investigation.
President Trump and Republican lawmakers have accused the DOJ of “stonewalling” lawmakers who are looking into the FBI’s actions during the 2016 presidential election.
Gowdy explains that he needs to see the clean and unredacted version of these documents from the FBI so that lawmakers clearly understand what actually happened during this investigation and to see if it was lawful.
Some of the redactions that have been discovered are simply embarrassing stories, one about former FBI agent Peter Strzok, which Gowdy says is not enough justification for something to be redacted and is why a clean version needs to be released straight away. Gowdy continued that if there is anything involving security issues for the nation then those should and can be redacted as well.