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GOP senator requests Obama, Clinton emails

A Senate GOP chairman is requesting the National Archives hand over any emails between former President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 
 

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter this week to archivist David Ferriero after the Justice Department denied his request for the emails. 

 
Johnson previously requested that the Justice Department hand over any emails Clinton sent to Obama from a “territory of a sophisticated adversary.” But DOJ said they could not share any emails because they involved other executive branches. 
 

{mosads}Johnson, in his letter to Ferriero, pointed to a text message from Peter Strzok, a former FBI official who was fired for anti-Trump texts, that said he had the “POTUS-HRC emails.” 

 
“Based on this communication, it appears that multiple emails exist between Secretary Clinton and President Obama. Given that DOJ acknowledged that they ‘are not in a position’ to produce emails to the Committee that contain ‘equities of other executive branch entities,’ I ask that, pursuant to the Presidential Records Act, you please provide all email communications,” Johnson wrote in the letter. 
 
Johnson isn’t the first GOP lawmaker to ask about the emails. 
 
Republicans, during an interview with former FBI Director James Comey in 2018, asked about the same Strzok text message and if Comey was aware of emails between Obama and Clinton. 
 

“I remember for sure being aware that there were communications between them and sort of the general substance of it is. I have some vague recollection of having seen them myself. I’m not certain of that, though, but I was aware that there were communications between the two of them,” he told House Republicans. 

 
Comey noted that one of the emails was Clinton congratulating Obama on a court ruling while she was traveling overseas. 
 
Johnson is asking the National Archives to hand over the emails by Nov. 14. 
 
The letter is the latest effort by Johnson, sometimes in conjunction with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), to dig into the Obama administration and find out how the FBI investigated Clinton’s use of a private email server and the start of the FBI’s probe into Russia’s election interference and the Trump campaign. 
Tags Barack Obama Chuck Grassley Hillary Clinton James Comey Ron Johnson

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