(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has run out of patience with the U.S. Justice Department and is now subpoenaing 1.2 million DOJ documents, including decisions made by former FBI Director James Comey not to prosecute former Secretary of State Clinton and other matters leading up to and beyond the 2016 election.
The DOJ inspector-general also is investigating the FBI's handling of the Clinton case.
"Well, we want to see everything that the inspector general has seen, which is, we understand, about 1.2 million documents," Goodlatte told Fox News's Neil Cavuto on Monday. He said the documents are critical to his committee's oversight of the FBI and DOJ.
"We want to find out why it was that the FBI was operating the way it was in 2016 and on into 2017, with extreme bias. We have seen evidence of that with the actions of a number of people in the department, and particularly with the text messages of Lisa Page and Peter Strzok. And this contrast between how they handled the Clinton investigation and how they handled the Trump-Russia investigation is truly shocking," Goodlatte said.
"That is not what the American people expect," he continued. "They want neutral, unbiased, professional investigations into each of these matters and be satisfied that the department is upholding its responsibility to investigate crimes, but do it in a way that is fair and trustworthy. And that's not what the public came away from with the handling of these matters by James Comey and Andrew McCabe."
The DOJ inspector general is expected to release a report on his Clinton-email investigation very shortly, but already his investigation has led to the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, just two days before he was planning to retire with full benefits.
"We don't want to interfere with Robert Mueller's investigation," Goodlatte told Fox News.
"We want to make sure that the FBI regains its reputation as the premier law enforcement agency of the nation and the world. And we want to make sure that when we go into the 2020 election cycle, some of the things that may be encountered in 2016 are not repeated, with accusations and charges and countercharges that are made like they were in 2016."
"It's not about Hillary Clinton," Goodlatte said. "It's about how the FBI conducted itself. And we need to make sure that that is fixed."
Goodlatte said he thinks FBI Director Christopher Wray "has gone a long way toward cleaning house" at the Bureau. "And if he keeps that up, that is going to restore a lot of the confidence that the American people have that the department is taking a new tack."
It's been four months since the Judiciary Committee requested the documents, but Goodlatte said only a small fraction have been produced so far, and that's why he issued the subpoena last week.