The debate has drawn scrutiny from a former Justice Department official concerned that details might leak out. | Getty
By Rachael Bade and Josh Gerstein
Published: 08/16/16 – 02:59 PM EDT
Updated: 08/16/16 – 08:10 PM EDT
- Reports of the planned release to Congress drew complaints from some former Justice Department officials that doing so would set a bad precedent.
The FBI on Tuesday handed over to Congress classified records from its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, the latest development in the scandal that the Democratic nominee just can’t shake.
Among the materials turned over to Capitol Hill was an FBI summary of the 3½-hour interview Clinton submitted to at FBI headquarters early last month, according to the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff of California.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee also confirmed receiving a package of records from the FBI about the Clinton email probe.
“The FBI has turned over a ‘number of documents’ related to their investigation of former Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal email server. Committee staff is currently reviewing the information that is classified SECRET. There are no further details at this time,” a spokesperson for the House Oversight Committee said on Tuesday afternoon.
The handover of the records all but guarantees the email issue will continue to dog Clinton this election cycle, although it is unclear what Republicans can do with them, given that they are classified materials. Still, her decision to set up a private server at the State Department, and the subsequent fallout, remains a sizable self-inflicted wound for Clinton, even as Donald Trump’s various missteps have found him lagging behind the Democrat in national and battleground state polls.
As it sent the materials up on Tuesday, the FBI warned publicly against leaking the documents.
“The material contains classified and other sensitive information and is being provided with the expectation it will not be disseminated or disclosed without FBI concurrence,” an FBI spokesperson said in a statement.
But top Republicans are already pushing back, urging the FBI to publicly release of some of the information.
“On initial review, it seems that much of the material given to the Senate today, other than copies of the large number of emails on Secretary Clinton’s server containing classified information, is marked ‘unclassified/for official use.’ The FBI should make as much of the material available as possible,” said Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in a statement. “The public’s business ought to be public, with few exceptions. The people’s interest would be served in seeing the documents that are unclassified. The FBI has made public statements in describing its handling of the case, so sharing documents in support of those statements wherever appropriate would make sense.”
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