Senator Questions DOJ’s ‘Unusual Restrictions’ To ‘Limit the Scope’ of FBI’s Investigation on Hillary Clinton

Senator Questions DOJ’s  ‘Unusual Restrictions’ To  ‘Limit the Scope’ of FBI’s Investigation on Hillary Clinton

The office of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) published a press release today announcing that Goodlatte, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) have sent a letter to the Department of Justice demanding to know why they placed “unusual restrictions” on the FBI in regards to the Hillary Clinton email investigation.


Goodlatte was prompted to inquire about the inappropriate practice after it was revealed that the FBI had made a deal with two Clinton aides to destroy their devices after investigating them.

“We write to express our concerns about the process by which Congress was allowed to view the Wilkinson letters, that the letters inappropriately restrict the scope of the FBI’s investigation, and that the FBI inexplicably agreed to destroy the laptops knowing that the contents were the subject of Congressional subpoenas and preservation letters.

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He goes on in this letter to outline some of the things that would have been excluded from this investigation, given the restrictions.

“These limitations would necessarily have excluded, for example, any emails from Cheryl Mills to Paul Combetta in late 2014 or early 2015 directing the destruction or concealment of federal records. Similarly, these limitations would have excluded any email sent or received by Secretary Clinton if it was not sent or received by one of the four email addresses listed, or the email address was altered.

He also scolds the FBI for agreeing to destroy evidence that should have been saved for the congressional investigators.

“Further, the Wilkinson letters memorialized the FBI’s agreement to destroy the laptops. This is simply astonishing given the likelihood that evidence on the laptops would be of interest to congressional investigators.

The DOJ – namely Attorney General Loretta Lynch – and the FBI have a lot of explaining to do, according to Goodlatte.

“The Wilkinson letters raise serious questions about why DOJ would consent to such substantial limitations on the scope of its investigation, and how Director Comey’s statements on the scope of the investigation comport with the reality of what the FBI was permitted to investigate”

Read the full letter to the Department of Justice here.

This is the corruption that people were afraid of regarding this investigation and those fears were justified when we found out that the DOJ and the State Department had both contacted the Hillary Clinton team to discuss the investigation.

It’s good to see someone in Congress take initiative and attempt to get to the bottom of these criminal shenanigans.

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