Senate investigators have obtained a trove of new information regarding former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state after the FBI handed over hundreds of pages of relevant memos.
The move was overseen by the Justice Department and saw reams of documents get transmitted over to the Senate Judiciary Committee late Friday, The Hill reported. The memos are said to pertain to former FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the Clinton email probe, which many felt was carried out improperly.
Comey’s probe into the private email server reached a fever pitch during the height of the 2016 presidential campaign, when he briefly reopened the investigation weeks before Election Day only to conclude that Clinton was not guilty of any wrongdoing. Now, the memos will reportedly shed light onto how Comey decided not to pursue criminal charges against Clinton.
Comey’s handling of the case was met with fervent criticism from both Clinton, who argued that his eleventh-hour intervention was one of the primary reasons that she lost, and President Donald Trump, who cited it as one of the reasons he fired Comey earlier this year.
The memos may reveal that Comey made the decision to spare Clinton from criminal charges before she was even interviewed by FBI agents, an accusation leveled against him by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham in August.
“Conclusion first, fact-gathering second – that’s no way to run an investigation,” they wrote in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray. “The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy.”