GOP senators double down on demand for Clinton email probe documents

GOP senators double down on demand for Clinton email probe documents
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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' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate Democrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate House Intel Republican: 'Foolish' not to take info on opponent from foreign ally MORE's private email server. 
 
Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump wishes 'Happy Father's Day to all,' including 'worst and most vicious critics' Trump wishes 'Happy Father's Day to all,' including 'worst and most vicious critics' Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw MORE (R-S.C.), Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonHillicon Valley: Lawmakers angered over Border Patrol breach | Senate Dems press FBI over Russian hacking response | Emails reportedly show Zuckerberg knew of Facebook's privacy issues | FCC looks to improve broadband mapping Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers angered over Border Patrol breach | Senate Dems press FBI over Russian hacking response | Emails reportedly show Zuckerberg knew of Facebook's privacy issues | FCC looks to improve broadband mapping Lawmakers demand answers on Border Patrol data breach MORE (R-Wis.) and Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Defense: Pompeo blames Iran for oil tanker attacks | House panel approves 3B defense bill | Trump shares designs for red, white and blue Air Force One On The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill On The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill MORE (R-Iowa) — the chairmen of the Judiciary, Homeland Security and Finance committees, respectively — sent a letter Tuesday to Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrAnticipation builds for final Supreme Court rulings Anticipation builds for final Supreme Court rulings Trump's Justice Department should change its tune on antitrust policy MORE arguing that now that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump 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 ComeyFive memorable moments from Sarah Sanders at the White House Five memorable moments from Sarah Sanders at the White House Under Trump, our democracy is for sale 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.