Feb. 7 (UPI) — A report released on Wednesday by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee questions how the FBI handled the email investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The report released by Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., includes information that “raises serious questions” about how the bureau applied the rule of law in its investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server while serving in the Obama administration.
The report states the FBI did not use a grand jury to compel testimony and obtain most of the evidence, “choosing instead to offer immunity deals.”
Also included is what the report says is evidence of substantial edits to former FBI Director James Comey‘s public statement “that served to downplay the severity of Secretary Clinton’s actions” — and new text messages between two FBI agents that disproved Comey’s claim that he hadn’t consulted with the Justice Department or White House.
Texts by two key investigators include discussions about an “insurance policy” against the “risk” of a Trump presidency, “unfinished business” and “an investigation leading to impeachment.”
“The messages strongly underscore the need to obtain still-missing text messages and other information regarding the FBI’s actions and investigations into the Clinton email scandal and Russian involvement in the November 2016 election,” the report states.
Also included is information that senior FBI officials knew about emails on a laptop belonging to former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner for about a month before Comey notified Congress just days before the U.S. presidential election.