Cummings and Conyers Request Full Disclosure
from DOJ and FBI on Email Investigation
Washington, D.C. (Oct. 28, 2016) – Today, Reps. Elijah E. Cummings and John Conyers, Ranking Members of the House Committees on Oversight and Government Reform and Judiciary, sent the following letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey:
October 28, 2016
The Honorable Loretta E. Lynch The Honorable James Comey
Attorney General Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
U.S. Department of Justice U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW 935 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20530 Washington, D.C. 20530
Dear Attorney General Lynch and Director Comey:
Today, Director Comey sent a letter to eight Congressional Committees after the FBI learned of the existence of emails that may be pertinent to its investigation of former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s personal email server.
Although Director Comey’s letter was clear that none of the new material identified by the FBI may be “significant,” the letter provided such limited and vague information that it allowed rampant speculation, numerous leaks, and wild accusations just 11 days before the presidential election.
During Director Comey’s testimony before Congress on July 7, he made clear that the FBI was not treating Secretary Clinton differently from anyone else investigated by the FBI. He explained that it would have been a double-standard to recommend prosecution based on the evidence the FBI had obtained.
In fairness to everyone involved, we are writing to request that the FBI and Department of Justice issue a more complete accounting of the details behind this letter, based on information from your career investigators and prosecutors, in order to debunk these conspiracy theories and correct the public record.
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings Rep. John Conyers, Jr.
Ranking Member Ranking Member
House Committee on Oversight and House Committee on the Judiciary
cc: The Honorable Sally Yates, Deputy Attorney General
The Honorable Mary McCord, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for National Security
The Honorable Jason Chaffetz, Chairman, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
The Honorable Bob Goodlatte, Chairman, House Committee on the Judiciary