The hearing, titled “Examining the Inspector General’s First Report on Justice Department and FBI Actions in Advance of the 2016 Presidential Election,” will focus on the long-anticipated IG report.
Two figures are said to be at the center of the report — former FBI director James Comey (fired by President Donald Trump) and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, (fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions).
Former FBI director James Comey apparently began drafting his statement that the FBI would not recommend charges months before his July 2016 announcement.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) first announced in late August that Comey had drafted a statement on Clinton months before making a public statement, saying the decision was drawn up “before the FBI had interviewed key witnesses.”
Comey has come under scrutiny for the decisions he made regarding the email investigation.
He disclosed during his June testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch had urged him to describe the Clinton email probe as a “matter” rather than an investigation.
The Senate committee searching for Clinton’s alleged wrongdoing is keeping their witness’s name cloaked. However, William D. Campbell, a lobbyist, confirmed to Reuters he is the informant who will testify and provide documents to Congress about the Obama Administration’s 2010 approval of the sale of Uranium One, a Canadian company with uranium mines in the United States, to Russia’s Rosatom.
Comey in the public domain by giving his version of them, claiming to NBC that the FBI director told him three times he was not under investigation.
“It would be a huge political risk for the White House, given the low chance of success in court and the political costs of failing,” said Matthew Miller, a former justice department spokesman.
The ousted FBI chief said her request gave him a “queasy feeling” because it matched “how the [Clinton] campaign was talking about how the FBI was doing its work.”