Grassley demands details on Comey's use of personal email

Grassley demands details on Comey's use of personal email
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Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySunk judicial pick spills over into Supreme Court fight Andrew Wheeler must reverse damage to American heartland Senators push to clear backlog in testing rape kits MORE (R-Iowa) is pressing the FBI for details on former Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyThere was nothing remotely treasonous in Trump's performance with Putin Opinion: One FBI text message in Russia probe that should alarm every American Clapper: Intel officials showed Trump evidence of Putin's role in election meddling MORE's use of nongovernment email after the issue was raised in a highly anticipated watchdog report.

Grassley sent FBI Director Christopher Wray a letter on Monday asking if the bureau has obtained any information from Comey's nongovernment devices.


"It is disturbing that FBI employees tasked with investigating Secretary Clinton, including the former Director, appear to have engaged in strikingly similar conduct. Although it does not appear as egregious and prolonged, they also used non-government systems for official work," Grassley wrote in the letter, referring to the FBI investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin Anti-Trump protests outside White House continue into fifth night Opera singers perform outside White House during fourth day of protests MORE's use of a private email server while at Foggy Bottom.

Grassley, in his letter, asks Wray if the Justice Department has either asked Comey for work material from his nongovernment email or devices or if they've tried to search Comey's personal email or devices.

"Without access to his private account, independent verification is impossible. The Justice Department should apply at least as much scrutiny to its own former Director as it applied to the former Secretary of State," Grassley added.

The report from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found "numerous instances" that Comey used a personal email address to conduct unclassified FBI business.

In November 2016, Comey forwarded an email with the subject line "Midyear thoughts" to his personal account from his government account that detailed his reasoning for informing Congress that the FBI had restarted its Clinton investigation.

A month later, he forwarded a separate email to his personal account that proposed responses to two requests for information from the office of special counsel.

Comey told the inspector general that he did not use his personal email for sensitive or classified email.

"It was incidental and I was always making sure that the work got forwarded to the government account to either my own account or [former FBI chief of staff Jim] Rybicki, so I wasn't worried from a record-keeping perspective," he told investigators.