The House Judiciary and Oversight committees announced they will be launching a new Trey Gowdy-led joint investigation into how the FBI handled the previous investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued a statement on Tuesday to explain their latest action.
“Decisions made by the Department of Justice in 2016 have led to a host of outstanding questions that must be answered. The Committees will review these decisions and others to better understand the reasoning behind how certain conclusions were drawn. Congress has a constitutional duty to preserve the integrity of our justice system by ensuring transparency and accountability of actions taken.”
Gowdy’s “Benghazi committee” has already held more than 20 failed investigations into Clinton’s culpability and involvement into the 2012 Benghazi attack. He was later part of the group that grilled former FBI director James Comey about Clinton’s email server.
The new investigation will be looking into the FBI’s decision to openly declare their investigation Clinton’s handling of classified information, and why they decided to recommend that Clinton not be charged after the previous investigation concluded.
After President Trump fired Comey in May, he said that Comey’s handling of the Clinton investigation, which failed to produce any evidence to use against the former Secretary of State, was his reason for terminating Comey.
Meanwhile, special counsel Robert Mueller, is already investigating whether Trump fired Comey to obstruct justice in the Russia probes he was leading at the time he was forced out.