GOP senators double down on demand for Clinton email probe documents

GOP senators double down on demand for Clinton email probe documents
© Greg Nash
A trio of top Republican senators are doubling down on their demand for the Justice Department to hand over information on the handling of the probe into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE's private email server. 
 
Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamNorth Dakota Republican latest House breakthrough COVID-19 case Texas House Republican tests positive for coronavirus in latest breakthrough case Graham told Trump he 'f'd up' the presidency: book MORE (R-S.C.), Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Liberal group launches campaign urging Republicans to support Biden's agenda Domestic extremists return to the Capitol MORE (R-Wis.) and Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGrassley announces reelection bid The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Congress facing shutdown, debt crisis with no plan B MORE (R-Iowa) — the chairmen of the Judiciary, Homeland Security and Finance committees, respectively — sent a letter Tuesday to Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump pushes back on book claims, says he spent 'virtually no time' discussing election with Lee, Graham Woodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China Barr-Durham investigation again fails to produce a main event MORE arguing that now that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's probe has wrapped up, the department should hand over the requested documents. 
 
“Now that the Special Counsel’s investigation has concluded, we are unaware of any legitimate basis upon which the Department can refuse to answer the Judiciary Committee’s inquiries,” the senators wrote in the letter to Barr.
 
The letter comes as Republicans are pivoting to investigating Obama-era officials and scandals as they look to put Mueller's probe into Russian election interference and the Trump campaign behind them. 
 
Grassley, who was previously chairman of the Judiciary Committee, sent a flurry of letters to the Justice Department during the previous Congress requesting information on the FBI's handling of the Clinton probe and a controversial research dossier compiled on then-candidate Trump. 
 
GOP senators noted on Tuesday that an annex, which was not released publicly because it's classified, included in the Justice Department inspector general report on the Clinton investigation "raises significant issues associated with the FBI’s failure to review certain highly classified information."
 
Grassley requested a briefing on the information and sent a follow-up last year with questions about the annex, but the GOP senators noted in their letter Tuesday that the Justice Department initially refused to brief the panel, citing Mueller's investigation. 
 
"We are reissuing the attached classified letter regarding the important questions raised by the appendix and reiterating our request for a classified briefing on the subject," Grassley, Graham and Johnson wrote in their letter Tuesday.
 
Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department inspector general, released his report last year on the FBI's handling of the Clinton investigation. He hammered former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGiuliani told investigators it was OK to 'throw a fake' during campaign DOJ watchdog unable to determine if FBI fed Giuliani information ahead of 2016 election Biden sister has book deal, set to publish in April MORE for poor judgment during the 2016 election but found no evidence to show his key decisions in the investigation into Clinton's emails were improperly influenced by political bias.