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 Diane Rodham ClintonThere are many unanswered questions about FBI culture FBI agent who sent anti-Trump texts offers to testify on Capitol Hill Giuliani wants 'full and complete' investigation into Russia probe's origins 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.

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"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 Emiel FeinsteinWhite House faces growing outcry over migrant family policies Senate rejects effort to boost Congress's national security oversight Top Dems: IG report shows Comey's actions helped Trump win election MORE (D-Calif.), Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyStudent rips DeVos at school safety commission for failure to take on guns DeVos: Safety commission won’t focus on role of guns in school violence Stakeholder group urges Senate panel to fund Amtrak, Northeast Corridor MORE (D-Vt.), Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperLawmakers prep for coming wave of self-driving cars Overnight Energy: Pruitt used security detail to run errands | Dems want probe into Pruitt's Chick-fil-A dealings | Yellowstone superintendent says he was forced out Dems seek watchdog probe into Pruitt’s Chick-fil-A dealings MORE (D-Del.), Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinCommunity development impact remains clear with NMTC post-tax reform Dem sen: ‘Difficult to understand’ Trump’s treatment of allies Dem sen: No military option in North Korea ‘without extreme risks’ MORE (D-Md.) and Reps. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffWhite House faces growing outcry over migrant family policies Schiff: ‘Deeply disturbing’ that FBI gave Nunes confidential info on Clinton's emails Schiff: White House using migrant kids’ grief and tears to build border wall 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 GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyPruitt’s new problem with the GOP: Ethanol Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Dems see midterm advantage in new ObamaCare fight Senate Judiciary urges response to sexual harassment in federal courts 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.