(CNSNews.com) - Republican House Committee Chairmen Bob Goodlatte and Trey Gowdy say they have reached a deal with the Justice Department to review or obtain documents pertaining to the FBI's Hillary Clinton email investigation -- documents they have been requesting for months.
Appearing on Fox News Tuesday night, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said he believes the document haul will include many more text messages exchanged by FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.
"Well, I do believe that we'll get those," Meadows told Sean Hannity. "I can tell you, the Department of Justice is working very closely with Chairman Gowdy and Chairman Goodlatte to try to make sure that we get them. But there is a critical gap right now of about three critical months of the Page-Strzok memos that we believe will be very enlightening.
"In fact, some of that we believe will put some context to Director Comey's claims that, you know, he was just an innocent bystander in all this. We don't believe that the facts are bearing that out," Meadows said.
Among other things, congressional Republicans want to know if the FBI decided to exonerate Clinton even before agents interviewed her about her use of a private server to send government emails, some of them classified. They also want to know why Comey took it upon himself to announce that Clinton would not be criminally prosecuted for her "extremely careless" email handling.
Hannity asked Meadows and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) if Republicans are still trying to find the 33,000 emails, supposedly non-work-related, that Hillary Clinton deleted from her private server.
"Is there is any knowledge if those 33,000 emails were ever recovered -- that we know that she tried to acid wash and destroy?" Hannity asked DeSantis.
"That's the thing, Sean," DeSantis replied. "You almost always can find the emails somewhere. Yet in this case, it was the FBI's judgment that hey, these 30,000 emails, we can't find them. Now, in Judicial Watch litigation for FOIA, you know, they've identified the backup server by Datto Inc. as potentially having those. The FBI never searched that. I asked (FBI Director) Christopher Wray whether they did. You know, he could not confirm that they did.
"So we need to look at all the possible areas where those emails were because when you have a emails subpoenaed, you don't just turn over the ones that you want to turn over and then acid wash the rest. That's not the way it works. I think there were a lot of work-related emails that they deleted. There may have been emails related to the (Clinton) Foundation and other things that are of interest to Congress, so we've got to find them if they're out there," DeSantis said.
Concluding the interview, Meadows told Hannity: "I think the coming days will provide a lot of fruit."