Goodlatte, Gowdy Strike a Deal to Review Long-Sought Documents on FBI's Clinton Email Probe

By Susan Jones | April 24, 2018 | 7:15 AM EDT

Republican committee chairs are reviewing decisions made by the FBI in 2016 and 2017 relating to Hillary Clinton's private email server. (Photo: Screen grab/C-SPAN)

( - Republican lawmakers examining the FBI's handling of the Clinton email investigation say they have reached an agreement with Justice Department officials to review and obtain documents they have been requesting for months.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said they "look forward to reviewing the information to better understand the decisions made by the Department of Justice in 2016 and 2017."

Those decisions include:

-- the FBI's pre-election announcement that it was investigating Clinton while failing to announce that it also was investigating Trump campaign associates;

-- FBI Director James Comey's July 2016 announcement that Clinton would not be prosecuted for her "extremely careless" handling of emails.

As part of the joint investigation, Chairmen Goodlatte and Gowdy have repeatedly requested that the Justice Department hand over the 1.2 million documents relating to the Clinton email investigation.

Until now, the Committees say they have received only a few thousand of the 1.2 million documents provided to the DOJ inspector general.

And since the Committees launched their Clinton email investigation, new elements have cropped up, including the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for leaking to the press and lying about it to the FBI.

Goodlatte and Gowdy also want to see documents relating to the potential abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

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