FBI Director James Comey speaks during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Washington on  July 7. Comey was appearing before the committee to explain his finding that no reasonable prosecutor would bring a criminal case against Hillary Clinton, even though she and her staff were extremely careless in their handling of highly classified information. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

The FBI’s decision not to pursue a criminal case against Hillary Clinton over her private email server did nothing to stop House Republicans from continuing to investigate it. FBI Director James Comey’s unprecedented public statement on the decision not to make a case was followed by a request to testify before the House Oversight Committee; that, in turn, led to a Republican request for the FBI’s notes on the investigation. And just this week, committee chairman Jason Chaffetz dramatically served FBI acting legislative affairs chief Jason Herring a subpoena, asking for all of the Clinton emails the bureau had obtained.

“You don’t get to decide what I get to see,”  Chaffetz said. “I get to see it all.”

Meanwhile, Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), who sits on oversight and on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, has issued a new challenge to Comey: Why do the most scintillating details of the email investigation keep dropping on holiday weekends? In a letter to Comey, Turner notes that the news of Clinton’s FBI interview broke over the Fourth of July weekend, and that the FBI’s release of investigation notes occurred at the start of Labor Day weekend.

“Please explain how the FBI’s procedures for processing documents and information to the public coincide with these Federal holidays,” writes Turner, “and how those procedures could be improved to ensure greater public awareness, and reduce the appearance of political motivations.”

Comey’s announcement that the Clinton investigation had concluded occurred  July 5, which was not a holiday; it is nonetheless included in his rundown of potential FBI attempts to squelch the story.


A letter from Rep. Mike Turner to the FBI. (Office of Rep. Mike Turner)