Sen. Charles Grassley is demanding answers from the FBI after its director James Comey said Tuesday it is not recommending that charges be brought against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email setup.
The longtime Iowa lawmaker sent a letter
to Comey Wednesday, which included several questions he has for the director regarding his agency's investigation of Clinton.
"Even before Attorney General [Loretta] Lynch's private meeting with former President Clinton, there were several apparent conflicts of interest, some of which I described in that [May 17] letter, Grassley wrote. "Prosecutorial decisions made under the shadow of apparent conflicts of interest are understandably suspect.
"The skepticism from much of the public over your announcement yesterday that the FBI is not recommending any prosecutions stemming from your investigation of Secretary Clinton's use of a non-government email account and server to conduct her official State Department business is reasonable. Your announcement itself contained a number of inconsistencies that also raise serious questions as to how the FBI reached its conclusions.
"All of these questions can only be answered with greater transparency."
Grassley brings up several points in his letter as he addresses what he calls the "inconsistencies" in Comey's statement.
"While your statement contained a summary of the purported facts with several definitive assertions about what they mean, it failed to provide enough details for the public to independently assess your conclusions," the letter reads. "Given the inconsistencies in your statement, Congress and the people have a right to know the full set of evidence on which you based your decision.
"As such, the FBI should release in detail the actual evidence it gathered in the course of the investigation, including the recovered emails."
Grassley's call to release the evidence came alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's request
that the FBI release its interview with Clinton herself.
Other Republicans have criticized the FBI's decision as well, and Comey will answer questions
in front of the House Oversight Committee Thursday about the matter.
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