Two House Panels Launch Investigation Into FBI's 2016 Decisions

Two Republicans who head influential House committees said on Tuesday they will open a joint investigation into the FBI's handling of the 2016 probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. Notably, Nunes did not mention Clinton's name Tuesday as he announced his investigation - instead, he, DeSantis and Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) focused on the involvement of then-Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, and the extent to which the Justice Department and the FBI had been scrutinizing the transaction or the entities involved.

President Trump was elected almost a year ago, but the controversy over Hillary Clinton's emails is getting a new boost from key House Republicans.

"This fact pattern raises serious concerns about improper political influence on the process by the Clintons during the Obama administration", Grassley said.

The new investigation from Nunes and Gowdy is sure to further inflame the simmering partisan tensions on the intelligence committee over the investigation into Russian election interference.

"Decisions made by the Department of Justice in 2016 have led to a host of outstanding questions that must be answered", House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, and House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy said in a joint announcement.

Earlier this year, Nunes temporarily stepped aside from the committee's Russian Federation investigation following a House ethics committee investigation into his handling of classified information, although he has continued to issue subpoenas for the probe, a sore spot with Democrats. Nunes, now the subject of an ethics inquiry for his actions, subsequently handed over the reins of the committee's investigation of Russian election meddling to Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-Tex.), but he has not recused himself from the inquiry. He claimed in October 2016 that Clinton gave uranium to Russian Federation "for a big payment", which the Washington Post later said was inaccurate.

The uranium deal in question dates to 2009, when state-owned Russian nuclear energy company Rosatom began buying shares in Uranium One, a company based in Toronto with interests in the United States.

House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes said questions surrounding the potential Federal Bureau of Investigation probe would be front-and-center in the panel's inquiry. "So that will be the start of the probe".

"This is nothing more than a charade and distraction from the ongoing crisis in the White House".

Comey told lawmakers during congressional testimony this year that Trump had pressured him to drop the investigation.

  • Jon Douglas