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 ClintonAppeals court upholds ex-coal boss’s conviction Trump is leader millennials have been waiting for. Even if they don't know it. Sanders backers take over California Democratic Party 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.
"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 FeinsteinSenate to vote Friday on Trump's defense picks Senate seeks deal on Trump nominees Manning commutation sparks Democratic criticism MORE (D-Calif.), Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahySenate panel sets vote on Sessions for AG Obama admin injects another 0M into global climate fund Justice, FBI to be investigated over Clinton probes MORE (D-Vt.), Tom CarperTom CarperPruitt says his EPA will work with the states Dems prepare to face off with Trump's pick to lead EPA Justice, FBI to be investigated over Clinton probes MORE (D-Del.), Ben CardinBen CardinLive coverage: Senators grill Trump's Treasury pick Top Dem: Don’t bring Tillerson floor vote if he doesn’t pass committee Haley: No Muslim registry under Trump administration MORE (D-Md.) and Reps. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffWasserman Schultz confronted Comey about Russian hacking Trump’s CIA pick enters the fray Dem rep rips Trump: ‘Isn’t this how book burning begins?’ 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 GrassleyJeff Sessions will protect life Justice, FBI to be investigated over Clinton probes Pence meets with Kaine, Manchin amid Capitol Hill visit 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.