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Grassley asks FBI Director to reveal more email information

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Iowa U.S. Senator, Charles Grassley, has sent a letter to FBI Director, James Comey.

In his letter, Grassley asks Director Comey to release additional information regarding the possible, new evidence, in the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server while she was Secretary of State.

Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is the latest to call on Comey to reveal more information in the email case.

Last Friday, Comey wrote to several members of Congress, indicating the possibility of new evidence from emails of a top Clinton aid, Huma Abedin, discovered on the laptop of Abedin's estranged husband, Anthony Weiner.

In the letter to Director Comey, Grassley writes:  “Without additional context, your disclosure is not fair to Congress, the American people, or Secretary Clinton,” Grassley wrote.

Senator Grassley also writes: “In the absence of additional, authoritative information from the FBI in the wake of your vague disclosure, Congress and the American people are left to sift through anonymous leaks from Justice Department officials to the press of varying levels of detail, reliability, and consistency. The American people deserve better than that."

Grassley also asks Comey to answer several question related to the ongoing investigation no later than November 4. 

Has anyone at the FBI had the ability to read any of the content of the newly discovered emails? If not, then how do you know that they appear to be pertinent to the FBI’s inquiry? If so, does any of the content upon initial review suggest obstruction of or false statements to Congress or the FBI by Secretary Clinton or her senior aides?  Please explain.

What time frame do the newly discovered emails cover and approximately how many are there?

Is there any preliminary information to suggest that a significant number of the newly discovered emails are duplicates of emails already reviewed by the FBI?

Did the FBI obtain the device(s) through which it learned of the existence of new emails mentioned in your letter on Friday through compulsory process? If so, please describe the nature and scope of the process in detail. If not, then how did the FBI learn of the existence of the new emails mentioned in your letter?

At any point in the Clinton email investigation, did the FBI request use of a grand jury from the Justice Department? If not, why not? If the Department declined, please describe the circumstances in detail. Who at the Justice Department made that decision and what grounds were given for the denial?

According to news reports, the FBI has also been conducting a criminal inquiry involving the Clinton Foundation. Yet, Justice Department officials reportedly denied the FBI’s request for a grand jury in that matter and pressured senior FBI officials not to pursue the matter through other means. Is it true that the Department denied the FBI’s request for a grand jury in the Clinton Foundation investigation?

Press reports also indicate that the Justice Department denied the FBI the ability to search the laptops of senior Clinton aides Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson for information related to the Clinton Foundation inquiry. Is it true that the FBI requested such a search of the Mills and Samuelson laptops, but DOJ denied that request? If the FBI did make such a request, was that request made before or after the Department executed its agreement with Mills and Samuelson for a narrow voluntary search and destruction of the laptops?

Please provide the committee with all records related to communications between FBI and DOJ officials regarding: (a) requests for any sort of court-supervised process, such as empaneling a grand jury or applying for a search warrant in connection with the Clinton email or Clinton Foundation investigations, or (b) the Mills and Samuelson laptops that were to subject of limited immunity agreements.

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