House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said Friday a June meeting is planned to obtain more answers from three FBI officials concerning the agency's investigation into 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's email server, and the committee wants to know why she was handled so much differently than was the investigation into President Donald Trump's then-campaign.
"These three officials know a great deal about what was going on at the FBI during this period of time, when Director [James] Comey was conducting an investigation that treated Hillary Clinton and her associates in a very different way than the investigation they subsequently launched against the Trump campaign and the so-called Trump/Russia collusion which so far has not shown any collusion," the Virginia Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."
The committee's Republicans want to know if there was any obstruction, and "why it is that the FBI was handling these two different matters in a way "showing an extreme bias that should never occur in a presidential election," he added.
Everyone, no matter what party, should be concerned about how Clinton was treated, including when Comey stepped in and called a review, said Goodlatte. Comey also then announced that Clinton would not be indicted, "even though she had done all the things he itemized wrong."
"Then 10 days before the election, he said he was reopening the investigation, said that publicly," said Goodlatte. "All of this is contrary to FBI protocols and why we need to make sure we get to the facts, who was engaged in this."
The Hill reported Thursday that GOP committee members plan to interview the three FBI officials as part of an ongoing joint investigation by the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform Committees.
The panels will bring in Bill Priestap, assistant director of the FBI's counterintelligence division; Michael Steinbach, who headed the agency's national security division; and Steinbach's predecessor, John Giacalone.
Priestap had played a prominent role in both the Clinton and Russia probes, including in Comey's comments that the Clinton email scandal was "extremely careless."
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