Cummings Issues Statement on Latest Republican Attacks Against FBI on Clinton Email Investigation

Sep 7, 2016
Press Release

Cummings Issues Statement on Latest Republican  Attacks Against FBI on Clinton Email Investigation


Washington, D.C. (Sept. 7, 2016)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued the following statement in response to continued Republican attacks against the FBI after its unanimous and independent decision in the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails:

“It is crystal clear that the FBI is now deeply regretting its decision to make a rare exception in this case and provide access to its internal interviews and documents because nothing will ever satisfy Chairman Chaffetz and his Republican colleagues.  The FBI decided to release an unprecedented amount of information to Congress and the public about its investigation, and Director Comey agreed to take the highly unusual step of testifying for hours before Congress.  However, since Republicans did not get the answer they wanted, they are now investigating the investigator, re-litigating every possible aspect of the investigation, and using taxpayer resources in a blatant attempt to harm Secretary Clinton’s poll numbers and help Donald Trump. As I told Director Comey during his testimony before our Committee, the Republicans have now placed him on trial.”

Over the past week, Oversight Committee Republicans have engaged in a flurry of activity to attack the FBI and Secretary Clinton as the election nears.

Today, they attempted to summon the FBI Director and other agency officials to a classified meeting about the documents provided to Congress by the FBI, but the FBI Director refused to attend.

Tomorrow, the Oversight Committee will be holding a hastily-scheduled hearing with State Department officials about Secretary Clinton’s emails.

On Monday, the Oversight Committee will be holding another hearing with the FBI and other agencies to testify again about the documents the FBI produced to Congress.

On Tuesday, the Oversight Committee plans to hold yet another hearing on the Clinton email issue, although witnesses for that hearing have not yet been identified.


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