Congressional Dems send State Dept. letter about allegations of bias against Clinton

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A group of lawmakers on Thursday raised concerns with the State Department Inspector General's office about allegations of an internal bias against former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonSanders press secretary leaves campaign RNC strategizes against Clinton VP contenders Analysis: Trump, Clinton plans not in line with balancing national debt MORE.

In a letter to Inspector General Steve Linick, the lawmakers asked for clarity on the investigations being conducted around Clinton's use of a private email account during her time at State. The claims of internal bias were first reported in The Hill.

"Day after day, we hear more allegations that harm the ability of federal Inspectors General to do their jobs," Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, wrote in the letter. "Questions about bias and over classification are fanning the flames of an already politicized situation.

"My colleagues and I are raising questions that will help shine a light on the process and make sure these reviews and investigations can go forward in a transparent, thorough, and unbiased manner. We must make sure that Inspectors General remain apolitical and are not used as partisan bludgeons to attack one individual."

The letter was also signed by Democratic Sens. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinMeet the man who sparked the Democratic revolt on guns Post Orlando, hawks make a power play Ryan: No plans to vote on Democratic gun bills after sit-in MORE (D-Calif.), Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahySenate Dems rip GOP on immigration ruling Bernie Sanders’s awkward return to the Senate Senate heads toward internet surveillance fight MORE (D-Vt.), Tom CarperTom CarperWhite House seeks distance from ISIS transcript edit White House: Redaction decision was all Justice Dem senator: CDC already has authority to study guns MORE (D-Del.), Ben CardinBen CardinGOP senators: Brexit vote a wake-up call Dems take over floor to protest Senate inaction on gun control Voinovich led charge against anti-Semitism MORE (D-Md.) and Reps. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffSanders joins House sit-in House GOP considers options post-Orlando Report: Gunman called 911 before attack MORE (D-Calif.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). 

The letter comes on the heels of a source who contacted The Hill claiming the OIG office has grown increasingly partisan and that the deputy inspector general, Emilia DiSanto, is working with an "active partisan mandate to undermine both the State Department as a federal agency and Secretary Clinton as a presidential candidate."

DiSanto, a former aide to Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyDozens of senators push EPA for higher ethanol mandate Civil liberties group mobilizes against surveillance amendment Brother may I? Congress must reform senseless drug regulation MORE (R-Iowa)  and Linick, a two-time appointee of President Obama, have adamantly denied such claims. 

Last week, Engel called on DiSanto to recuse herself from the reviews and investigations dealing with Clinton. 

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