Gowdy scorches Comey in blistering opening statement at IG hearing

GOP lawmakers demand drafts of DOJ report on Clinton email investigation

Greg Nash

Read the report's executive summary here.

But Horowitz would not discuss the actions the FBI had taken in the Russian Federation investigation, saying it was part of an ongoing inspector general probe.

Both Wray and Horowitz last testified before the committee in July.

"As I said to you last month, and as I said to you before, I do not believe special counsel Mueller is on a witch hunt", said Wray during the same line of questioning.

In his book released earlier this year, Comey said he shared one memo - about a February conversation with Trump in which he alleged the president asked him to let go an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn - with a friend, Columbia University law professor Daniel Richman. Jerrold Nadler of NY, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said he felt compelled to speak about what he called "a more immediate priority" and pivoted to a storyline about immigration policy that has dominated headlines in recent days. We are better than that. "They're not. They're talking about kids separated from their mom and their dad, sitting in cages on our southern border".

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"We found the implication that senior Federal Bureau of Investigation employees would be willing to take official action to impact a presidential candidate's electoral prospects to be deeply troubling and antithetical to the core values of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department", he said. The ostensible subject of the hearing was the IG report on the Clinton email "investigation".

Republicans said the report proved that Hillary Clinton got off easy in the FBI's investigation into her use of a private email server while secretary of state, because of rampant political bias within the Justice Department. The investigation came after text messages sent by one F-B-I agent before the 2016 election was seen by many as a sign of bias against then-candidate Donald Trump.

"Bias and fairness can not coexist", said Gowdy, in his opening remarks. "It is the making up of your mind based on anything other than the facts". "Respect for the rule of law is the thread that holds the tapestry of this country together". Although Horowitz concluded that there was no documented evidence that political bias had motivated investigative decisions, he admitted on several occasions during the hearing that the concerns about such bias remained open.

Republican Senators Mike Lee, Lindsey Graham and John Kennedy, between them, laid out a damning case for circumstantial evidence of political bias. It also said that fired FBI Director James Comey repeatedly broke from protocol, including when he publicly announced his recommendation against charging Clinton and when he bucked the judgment of Justice Department bosses by alerting Congress months later that the investigation was being reopened because of newly discovered emails.

"The Republicans were wrong again - all their howling about "lock her up" was bogus", said Cummings. This is really what they wanted him to say.

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Giuliani said he was in D.C. for one of his private businesses - he had not yet joined Trump's legal team - and that he frequently stays at Trump's property on Pennsylvania Avenue.

"There were other team members involved".

In another segment of questioning, Jordan wanted Horowitz to explain why the explosive August 8, 2016, instant message from Strzok stating his intent to "stop" Trump was withheld from Congress until the release of the report last Thursday.

"We did not look into collusion questions", Horowitz told Leahy.

House Democrats used a Tuesday hearing about the Justice Department's report on the probe into Hillary Clinton's emails amid the 2016 campaign to turn the spotlight on the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant families on the U.S. -Mexico border.

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"While we appreciate the IG and his staff for a very detailed investigation, it is critical for the public to also hear what was not included in the report due to the IG's refusal to question 'whether a particular decision by the FBI and DOJ was the most effective choice, '" Goodlatte said.

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