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 ClintonWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Democrats fear Ohio slipping further away in 2020 Poll: Warren leads Biden in Maine by 12 points MORE's private email server. 
 
Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump-GOP tensions over Syria show signs of easing Trump invites congressional leaders to meeting on Turkey Graham opens door to calling Hunter Biden to testify MORE (R-S.C.), Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold Johnson10 top Republicans who continue to deny the undeniable GOP braces for impeachment brawl Bipartisan senators want federal plan for sharing more info on supply chain threats MORE (R-Wis.) and Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyTrump's latest plan to boost ethanol miffs both corn groups and the fossil fuel industry Syria furor underscores Trump's isolation GOP braces for impeachment brawl MORE (R-Iowa) — the chairmen of the Judiciary, Homeland Security and Finance committees, respectively — sent a letter Tuesday to Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrGiuliani says he won't comply with subpoenas from Democrats Barr bemoans 'moral upheaval' that has brought 'suffering and misery' Trump threatens to sue Schiff and Pelosi MORE arguing that now that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network 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 ComeyComey says he has a 'fantasy' about deleting his Twitter account after end of Trump term We need answers to questions mainstream media won't ask about Democrats Trump 'constantly' discusses using polygraphs to stem leaks: report 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.