DOJ Denied FBI Request For Grand Jury In Criminal Investigation Of Clinton Foundation
Three days on, FBI director James Comey continues to take heat for his Oct. 28 letter to Congress, in which he disclosed the possibility of new evidence in the agency’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. The latest criticism comes from US senator Chuck Grassley, the Iowa Republican who chairs the Senate judiciary committee.
In a letter addressed to Comey, Grassley raised concerns about whether the FBI has been influenced in its investigation of Clinton by political appointees at the US Department of Justice, and said it is critical to know whether the FBI has sought grand jury subpoenas and search warrants in the case—and whether or not it has done so successfully.
While supporting Comey’s decision to come forward before the Nov. 8 US presidential election, Grassley joined a chorus of criticismover the scant details provided in the disclosure. Comey’s letter said that the FBI, through a separate investigation, has come across emails that “appear to be pertinent” to the Clinton probe.
“Without additional context, your disclosure is not fair to Congress, the American people, or Secretary Clinton,” Grassley wrote.
“In the absence of additional, authoritative information from the FBI in the wake of your vague disclosure, Congress and the American people are left to sift through anonymous leaks from Justice Department officials to the press of varying levels of detail, reliability, and consistency. The American people deserve better than that,” he wrote.