House committees set joint hearing date on DOJ report on Clinton probe

House committees set joint hearing date on DOJ report on Clinton probe
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The House Judiciary and Oversight committees announced Thursday that they will hold a hearing on the Justice Department's Inspector General report on the FBI's probe into former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Bolton tells Russians 2016 meddling had little effect | Facebook eyes major cyber firm | Saudi site gets hacked | Softbank in spotlight over Saudi money | YouTube fights EU 'meme ban' proposal Dems lower expectations for 'blue wave' Election Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout MORE's emails during the 2016 presidential election. 

The joint hearing is set for June 19. 

The news comes days before the final version of the inspector general's report is expected to be made public. Inspector General Michael Horowitz said last month that a draft of the report was complete. In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGOP plays hardball in race to confirm Trump's court picks Trump officials ratchet up drug pricing fight Dems angered by GOP plan to hold judicial hearings in October MORE (R-Iowa) on Thursday, Horowitz said his office planned to release the report on June 14.


ABC News reported on Wednesday that the inspector general determined that former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyConservatives fume over format of upcoming Rosenstein interview Former FBI lawyer speaks with House lawmakers on Rosenstein, 2016 Emmet Flood steps in as White House counsel following McGahn departure MORE defied authority at times during his probe into Clinton's emails. 

The draft of the report is also expected to criticize former Attorney General Loretta Lynch's handling of the investigation. 

Bipartisan lawmakers originally requested the investigation in order to look into allegations that Comey broke FBI policy with his public disclosures of the Clinton email probe.

Comey announced the FBI was relaunching its probe into Clinton's emails just days before the election.

Clinton supporters and allies who have blamed Comey's announcement for contributing to Clinton's loss in the 2016 election have reacted positively to the launch of the inspector general's investigation. 

However, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: report MORE, who fired Comey last year, said on Tuesday that he hoped the report was not being delayed to make it "weaker." 

"What is taking so long with the Inspector General’s Report on Crooked Hillary and Slippery James Comey." the president said in a tweet. "Numerous delays. Hope Report is not being changed and made weaker! There are so many horrible things to tell, the public has the right to know. Transparency!"