GOP House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte said Sunday FBI Director James Comey promised to take "under advisement" the lawmaker's plea for him to release as much information as possible about newly discovered emails "pertinent" to the Hillary Clinton email server probe.
In an interview with ABC News' "This Week," the Virginia lawmaker said he and Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, spoke with Comey on Saturday – a day after his bombshell letter to Congress about reopening the Clinton probe.
"We both encouraged him to make sure that the American people have as much information as possible before they have to make a decision on November 8th," he said. "I asked him if he could do that, based upon the fact that much of this is classified material and based upon the fact that he cannot in any way jeopardize the investigation."
"He did not give us any response in terms of what more he could say. But he certainly took that under advisement," Goodlatte said.
Goodlatte also said he believes Comey is "very conscious of the controversy that has existed in the FBI and in the Justice Department" since his earlier closure of the Clinton probe.
"I've talked to FBI agents, former FBI agents, prosecutors, former prosecutors, who have scratched their heads and been very concerned about how the investigation was conducted and the conclusion that was reached three and a half months ago to not indict," he said.
"And I think the director … feels I think in a very difficult situation, but one which he thinks that given the fact that Mrs. Clinton has been traveling around the country for three and a half months saying that the FBI has cleared her of wrongdoing, that when there is new, and I believe, substantial information available why wouldn't he tell the American people that this is still under investigation?"
Goodlatte conceded he doesn't known what the basis was for Comey reopening the case against Clinton.
"We do know they know something is there," he said, adding that Comey had previously promised he would reopen the case "if there was substantial new investigation materials. And so that's what I think we're looking at here."
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