The FBI declined the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform access to the redacted portions of its report on Hillary Clinton’s email server, after they’d made the request Wednesday to the bureau as well as three other federal agencies.
The committee responded by scheduling a Monday morning hearing with representatives of the four agencies to which it had made its request: the FBI, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Departments of Justice and State.
The FBI published its heavily redacted 58-page report Friday, and Republican committee members believe that some of the portions were unnecessarily blackened-out, a committee aide told The Hill.
Clinton’s emails were deleted weeks after The New York Times published its report revealing that she had used a private email server, which she kept at her Chappaqua, New York home, to conduct official State Department business.
Oversight Committee Democrats have denounced committee Chairman Jason Chaffitz for what they feel are the Utah Republican’s partisan and retaliatory actions.
“It is crystal clear that the FBI is now deeply regretting its decision to make a rare exception in this case and provide access to its internal interviews and documents because nothing will ever satisfy Chairman Chaffetz and his Republican colleagues,” Oversight member Elijah Cummings said in a statement.
“[S]ince Republicans did not get the answer they wanted, they are now investigating the investigator, re-litigating every possible aspect of the investigation, and using taxpayer resources in a blatant attempt to harm Secretary Clinton’s poll numbers and help Donald Trump,” the Maryland Democrat continued. “As I told Director Comey during his testimony before our Committee, the Republicans have now placed him on trial.”
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