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House Conservatives Call for Full Review of DOJ Handling of Clinton Email Probe

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

If House conservatives get their way, Congress will soon be investigating whether the Justice Department gave 2016 Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton special treatment during its investigation into her improper use of an unsecure email server while secretary of state.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) announced on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” Friday that he and his colleagues (presumably from the House Conservative Caucus) are calling for “a full review by the Judiciary Committee of the processes and procedures that potentially gave Hillary Clinton a different process and a different standard of justice than would be applied to any other American.”

Gaetz said that the evidence now shows that the FBI gave the Clinton email probe “special status.”

In a recently released Oct. 23, 2016, email,  FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe wrote to press officials in the FBI that the probe was under the control of a small team of people at the FBI’s headquarters in Washington.

“As I now know the decision was made to investigate it at HQ with a small team,” McCabe wrote in the email. He said he had no input when the Clinton email investigation started in summer 2015, while he was serving as assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington office.

“[The Washington office] provided some personnel for the effort but it was referred to as a ‘special’ and I was not given any details about it,” he wrote.

“We now have evidence that the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton did not follow normal and standard procedures,” Gaetz said. “The current deputy director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, sent emails just weeks before the presidential election saying that the Hillary Clinton investigation would be special — that it would be handled by a small team at headquarters, that it would be given special status.”

“Combine that with the fact that Attorney General Loretta Lynch told James Comey to call this ‘a matter’ and not an investigation,” he continued. “That she met with Bill Clinton on the tarmac and that James Comey himself has admitted in testimony that he drafted the exoneration statement of Hillary Clinton before even interviewing her or other key witnesses. We seem to have a departure from the normal application of the law.”