Just when Hillary Clinton and her troupe thought it was safe to go back into the water (or into the woods)…
According to The Hill, the head of the House Judiciary Committee, which is investigating how the FBI handled the Clinton email server investigation, issued a subpoena to the Department of Justice on Thursday, demanding that they turn over documents related to the probe, as well as information about potential surveillance abuses and the recent firing of Andrew McCabe.
The subpoena was issued by Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican. Goodlatte, whose investigation is running jointly with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, issued the order after Republicans became “increasingly frustrated with what they said was the administration’s unacceptably slow move to turn over documents.”
Out of 1.2 million documents requested by the joint investigation, only 3,000 have been received; the DOJ has received a number of letters from the committee, but that hasn’t appeared to speed things up.
“To date, the Department has only produced a fraction of the documents that have been requested,” Rep. Goodlatte wrote in a letter dated Thursday to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
“Four months have passed since Chairman Gowdy and I, along with Representatives Jordan, Meadows, Buck, and Ratcliffe, wrote you seeking documents related to our ongoing investigation regarding charging decisions in the investigation surrounding former Secretary Clinton’s private email server in 2016.”
“Given the Department’s ongoing delays in producing these documents, I am left with no choice but to issue the enclosed subpoena to compel production of these documents.”
The subpoena also involved the firing everyone in Washington is talking about — and why it happened.
“Moreover, since our requests for documents related to the Clinton email server investigation were made, it has come to light that the FBI’s Office of Professional responsibility recommended the dismissal of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe,” the letter read.
“This recommendation appears to be based, at least in part, on events related to the investigation surrounding former Secretary Clinton’s private email server.
“Accordingly, the subpoena additionally covers all documents and communications relied upon by the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility in reach its decision to recommend the dismissal of former Deputy Director McCabe.”
The two issues mentioned by Attorney General Sessions in his dismissal of McCabe involved improper relations with the media — for talking to a Wall Street Journal reporter to steer the public narrative about the Clinton Foundation — and for lack of candor with investigators about the Clinton case.
This means we’ll get to know the exact details of what McCabe did — assuming, of course, the Department of Justice doesn’t stall. As it turns out, they’re very good at that.
In a statement, DOJ spokesman Ian Prior said that the delays are because they have to go through the documents and redact any sensitive information; he also hit back at the committee’s request for 1.2 million documents, saying the relevant number was closer to 30,000.
“We are individually reviewing the remaining documents to ensure that they do not include grand jury information, information about ongoing law enforcement actions involving American citizens, or privileged attorney-client communications,” Prior said.
“In cases where redactions have been necessary, the Department has, when appropriate, provided Committee staff an opportunity for in-camera review of unredacted materials.”
“Since January, more than two dozen FBI staff have been assisting the Department in producing, on a rolling basis, responsive documents to the Committee’s broad request every 10 to 14 days,” he added.
Given the way Washington works, hope is always a slim thing in cases such as this. However, this means there’s still hope that Hillary and her cronies will actually face some responsibility over her clearly illegal email server setup.
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