Rep. Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlattePoll: Plurality of voters want special counsels for both campaigns Gun reformers search for the next bump stock AT&T wants to probe Trump's role in Time Warner merger: report MORE (R- Va.) said Sunday that FBI Director James Comey's decision not to recommend charges against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonO’Malley tells Dems not to fear Trump FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show Pelosi blasts California Republicans for supporting tax bill MORE over her use of a private email server while secretary of State was a mistake.

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"But let me just say, with regard to Mr. Comey making a mistake: I think that he is very conscious of the controversy that has existed in the FBI and in the Justice Department," the House Judiciary Committee chairman said.

"I've talked to FBI agents, former FBI agents, prosecutors, former prosecutors, who have scratched their head and been very concerned about how the investigation was conducted and the conclusion that was reached three and a half months ago to not indict."

Comey sent a letter to members of Congress on Friday alerting them of the discovery of emails potentially pertinent to the investigation into Clinton's private server. Later Friday, The New York Times reported that the FBI found the emails during a separate investigation into former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.).

In July, Comey announced that the FBI had completed its investigation into Clinton's server and that the agency would not be recommending charges be brought against the former secretary of State.

Goodlatte noted on Sunday that the basis of Comey's letter to lawmakers remains unknown.

"And we don't know what the basis was for Mr. Comey making the decision to further pursue the case," he said.