Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said reports that the FBI has recovered emails deleted from Hillary Clinton’s personal server reinforce the need for a third-party search for messages.
“The FBI should ... provide clarity on how it will handle the emails now that they have been recovered from the server. Allowing an independent authority to search for records that were requested by Congress, the Inspector General, the press, and the public years ago, and then providing the records to the appropriate requesters, would be a welcome move in transparency,” Grassley said in a statement Wednesday.
Grassley’s comments follow a widely circulated Bloomberg report that the FBI, which is probing the security of the unusual email setup, has “recovered personal and work-related e-mails from the private computer server used by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state.” The New York Times, citing unnamed government officials, also reported on the recovery of deleted messages.
Grassley is frustrated with a letter he received from the Justice Department Tuesday that declines to confirm its investigation of Clinton’s email server, which was prompted by concerns about the presence of classified information. Justice similarly would not respond to several questions from Grassley and Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson about Bryan Pagliano, the former Clinton aide who helped set up her server. Grassley and Johnson have been exploring the possibility of providing immunity for Pagliano in order to seek information from him.