Forever determined to prioritize their own petty political concerns over broader issues, Congressional Republicans have — wait for it — opened an investigation into the Obama Administration’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal.
They’re never going to let this go, are they?
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As is well known by now, Hillary Clinton used a private email server during her time as Secretary of State under President Barack Obama. Federal investigators reviewed every piece of information that was transmitted through this server, and, in mid-2016, then-FBI Director James Comey announced that he found no reason to formally file charges against Clinton.
That announcement is not, however, where the story ends.
In late 2016, just before Election Day, Comey announced that new emails possibly relevant to the Clinton email investigation had been discovered. That announcement put the email issue at the front of many voters’ minds, and it’s widely derided as contributing to Clinton’s election loss.
Democrats, however, aren’t the only ones with reason to be upset with the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email investigation. Donald Trump himself, while a presidential candidate, pointed to Clinton’s private email server numerous times as evidence of supposed incompetence on her part. (Members of his own team have since found themselves with their own email scandals.)
Many Republicans remain firmly convinced that the Obama Administration Justice Department was wrong in its handling of the whole thing, insisting that Clinton should be held legally accountable for supposed wrongdoing.
The new Congressional investigation into the government’s handling of the Clinton email investigation is being jointly led by House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy and House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, both Republicans.
In a joint statement reported upon by USA Today, the committee chairmen questioned why the Clinton email investigation was made public but the FBI’s investigation into the Trump team for possible collusion with Russia was not. That criticism can be taken either in support of the president, suggesting that the investigation into Trump is not a legitimate concern, or it can be taken as a general criticism of the nation’s investigative bodies.
In addition to this issue, it’s been newly revealed that Comey drafted his statement announcing the decision not to recommend charges against Clinton months before he actually delivered it, allowing Republicans to call the integrity of the investigation into question yet again.
Reps. Goodlatte and Gowdy’s statement reads, in part:
‘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.’
The president himself has criticized the nation’s intelligence and general investigative services on numerous occasions, suggesting most recently that former FBI Director James Comey greatly exaggerated the significance of Trump team wrongdoings. Trump fired Comey in May in the midst of spats over the direction of the federal investigation into the Trump team — although the initial, “official” explanation for his firing was alleged mishandling of the Clinton email investigation.
Rep. Gowdy is notorious for leading the lengthy Congressional investigation into Hillary Clinton’s role in the circumstances allowing the 2012 Benghazi terror attack that killed four Americans.