Finally! The FBI has started to turn over hundreds of pages of memos, from their Hillary investigation, over to Congress! These long-awaited memos should shed light on Hillary Clinton’s private email server and sensitive information therein.
The Senate received a notification, late Friday evening, from the Justice Department and the FBI informing them that transmission would begin. The two establishments are working together to aid Congress in their investigation of former Director James Comey’s treatment in the Clinton email crisis.
The Senate committee has been seeking the memos for some time as it investigates whether Comey chose to absolve Clinton of criminal liability before the election-year probe was complete and before she was even interviewed. Comey ultimately concluded that while Clinton’s handling of classified emails was careless, there was not enough evidence of intent to warrant criminal charges.Comey had announced in July 2016 that the FBI was declining to pursue charges against Clinton for what it called the careless transmission of classified documents on her private email server. The FBI then re-opened the email case in late October 2016, shocking the political world because it was so close to Election Day after a new trove of emails was found on an associate’s computer.
Comey then announced a second time he did not plan to pursue criminal charges, a move that came just two days before Clinton lost to Trump in the election. The FBI’s handling was roundly criticized by both Clinton and Trump and was one of the reasons cited when Trump fired Comey as director earlier this year. Clinton has also blamed Comey in part for her loss in the election.
The new documents being transmitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee are expected to shed light on how the FBI made those decisions, who was involved and whether the decision to clear Clinton was made before she was even interviewed by FBI agents in spring 2016.