GOP lawmakers demand drafts of DOJ report on Clinton email investigation
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Republican Reps. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida secretary of state who resigned apologizes for blackface photos The Hill's Morning Report — Trump complicates border wall negotiations Parkland parents ask Pulitzer panel to honor local paper for school shooting coverage MORE (Fla.) and Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzHouse passes border deal, setting up Trump to declare emergency Parkland parents create anti-gun violence Valentine’s Day candies: ‘Don’t shoot,’ ‘he’s gone’ House conservatives blast border deal, push Trump to use executive power MORE (Fla.) are requesting all unrevised drafts of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) report on the procedures it used during the investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonO’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears Exclusive: Biden almost certain to enter 2020 race MORE's email use.

In a letter sent to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Thursday, the lawmakers — all members of the House Judiciary Committee — argue congressional oversight is needed, as drafts were circulated within the DOJ and FBI before the report was made public.

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"Your team has worked to ensure that this report is thorough and accurate; however, an investigation of this magnitude and consequence deserves heightened scrutiny to ensure that the process has not been compromised in any way," they wrote. "The trust of the American people depends on it. We are concerned that during this time, people may have changed the report in a way that obfuscates your findings."

The lawmakers noted the DOJ has previously rebuked requests for documents related to the investigation, adding they don't believe the security concerns cited by the agency are valid.

"Unfortunately, over the past year, the DOJ has repeatedly fought requests by Congress to produce documents related to this investigation, and when the DOJ actually provided documents, the materials have been heavily redacted," they continued. "Past and present DOJ officials have asserted security concerns, even though the documents have not legitimately contained security issues."

The lawmakers said they have "every confidence" the investigation was "thorough and accurate,"

"We request the various drafts of the report, particularly the draft provided to the DOJ and FBI, before those agencies made any changes to the draft report, be provided to us," they wrote.

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