Rep. Conyers seeks probe in leaks of FBI’s Clinton case
A Detroit lawmaker and the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are asking the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate how details from the renewed FBI examination into presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email server allegedly reached the campaign of her GOP rival, Donald Trump.
In a letter Friday, U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Detroit, who is the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, and fellow Democrat Rep. Elijah E. Cummings asked DOJ Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz to immediately “determine the source of multiple unauthorized — and often inaccurate — leaks from within the FBI to benefit the presidential campaign of Donald Trump.”
The statement referenced remarks from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani — whom Conyers and Cummings called “one of Donald Trump’s closest and most vocal campaign advisers” — during a Friday appearance on national television. His comments suggested Giuliani had obtained leaked information about the federal review of Clinton-related emails several days before FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to Congress last week.
Comey has said agents would take steps to review the messages found on a computer seized during an unrelated investigation involving the estranged husband of a Clinton aide.
Anthony Weiner, a disgraced former New York congressman, is being investigated in connection with online communications with a teenage girl. He was separated this year from Huma Abedin, one of Clinton’s closest advisers.
Michigan Republicans and Democrats have clashed over the decision to investigate a new batch of emails related to a previously closed probe of Clinton’s private email server while secretary of state.
Conyers and Cummings had both requested full disclosure from the Department of Justice and FBI. In light of the Giuliani remarks, they stressed Friday that Comey’s letter “had broken with longstanding precedent by confirming publicly that the FBI was in the process of taking investigative steps relating to newly-discovered emails, despite the fact that Director Comey had not yet even seen these emails or determined whether they were ‘significant.’ ”
They went on to write: “It is absolutely unacceptable for the FBI to leak unsubstantiated — and in some cases false — information about one presidential candidate to benefit the other candidate. Leaking this information to former FBI officials as a conduit to the Trump campaign is equally intolerable.”