Two senior House Republicans on Tuesday announced the opening of a joint investigation into the Justice Department’s handling of the Hillary Clinton private email scandal, including looking into various potential motivations for the actions of former FBI Director James Comey in the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election.
The probe will be conducted by two congressional panels responsible for overseeing the Justice Department and government operations in general. The investigators will review then-FBI Director James Comey’s various decisions pertaining to the Clinton investigation, such as his unusual announcement that she should not face indictment.
“Our justice system is represented by a blind-folded woman holding a set of scales,” House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Oversight and Government Reform Chair Trey Gowdy said in a joint statement. “Those scales do not tip to the right or the left; they do not recognize wealth, power, or social status. The impartiality of our justice system is the bedrock of our republic and our fellow citizens must have confidence in its objectivity, independence, and evenhandedness.”
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