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House probe of FBI-DOJ's alleged anti-Trump, pro-Clinton bias hits unceremonious end -- with no report
By Lukas Mikelionis | Fox News

   House Republicans unceremoniously ended their investigation into the way the FBI and the Department of Justice handled Hillary Clinton’s email scandal and the bias allegations against President Trump.

The House probe was led by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Judiciary Committee and sought to look into allegations that the FBI and the DOJ were biased against Trump during the 2016 presidential election and favored Clinton’s candidacy.

Two Republicans chairing the committees – Reps. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and Robert Goodlatte, R-Va. – said in a letter Friday that the DOJ must appoint a special counsel to investigate the “seemingly disparate treatment” of the investigations into Clinton’s use of private emails and Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.

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by Sharon Rondeau

On Friday U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy sent a seven-page letter to Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz summarizing findings from a two-year probe into DOJ and FBI officials’ handling of respective investigations into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

The last two pages of the letter contain signatures and additional parties to whom the letter was copied, including the president and current FBI Director Christopher Wray.

Early in 2015, the government-watchdog organization, Judicial Watch, discovered that Clinton and her aides had used an email system outside of the domain name. In ongoing litigation, Clinton has reportedly said that she used the system, previously established for her husband, former President Bill Clinton, out of “convenience.”

Hillary Clinton has admitted to destroying approximately 33,000 emails which she deemed personal in nature, sent while she served as Secretary of State under Barack Hussein Obama between 2009 and early 2013.  According to federal statute and State Department policy, all emails sent in the course of conducting government business are to be preserved.

At some point in 2016, the FBI opened a counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign for alleged “collusion” with Russian operatives to gain an election advantage. Trump’s November 6, 2016 victory over Clinton, an entrenched political operative and former First Lady and U.S. senator, was a shock to many in the Beltway.

The authors of Friday’s letter are retiring from Congress on January 3, when the 116th Congress will be sworn in. At that time, having won a majority of seats in the House of Representatives, Democrats will control the chamber and chair its committees.

On Saturday morning, “House Republicans” was trending briefly on Twitter, with many critics of the Republican-led probe claiming that the two committees failed to issue a report and found no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of investigators.

An article posted at Fox News containing content from the AP bears the title, “House probe of FBI-DOJ’s alleged anti-Trump, pro-Clinton bias hits unceremonious end — with no report.”  The word “unceremonious” is twice repeated in the article.  Whether or not the column presents opinion as fact is a question for the reader to decide.

The FBI’s probe into Clinton’s use of the private server, dubbed “Mid-Year Exam,” formally ended on July 5, 2016 when then-FBI Director James Comey gave a solo press conference in which he stated that “no reasonable prosecutor” would recommend criminal investigation of Clinton or any of her aides.

Shortly before Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, DOJ Inspector General Horowitz announced he would undertake an investigation of allegations into political bias on the part of FBI and DOJ officials during the presidential campaign. In June of this year, Horowitz issued a 568-page report stating that bias was found on the part of now former FBI counterintelligence second-in-command Peter Strzok and former FBI Counsel to the Deputy Director Lisa Page. The two exchanged more than 50,000 text messages, some of which Horowitz subsequently discovered were purged by the DOJ and apparently permanently lost, a finding announced in a report issued earlier this month.

A summary of the scope of the June 14 report and its findings is here.
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