Grassley to DOJ watchdog: Probe Clinton email investigation

From Politico:

A top Senate Republican wants the Justice Department’s independent watchdog to probe whether Justice officials investigating Hillary Clinton’s email server had any conflicts of interest because of their close ties to the Democratic nominee and her aides.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) called on Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to “explore potential conflicts” around the investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email, noting that “multiple officials had previous ties to [the] Clintons.”

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“The American people deserve to know whether political considerations have improperly affected the handling of this inquiry and understand why key officials failed to recuse themselves to protect the public’s confidence in a fair and impartial inquiry based on merits and the evidence rather than on politics,” Grassley said in the Wednesday letter to Horowitz.

Topping Grassley’s list is a request that Horowitz look into whether Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s “involvement in the investigation creates the appearance of a conflict given that she was appointed to the role of U.S. Attorney by President Bill Clinton and she was a partner at a law firm that represented both President and Secretary Clinton.” The letter also specifically cites Lynch’s tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton just days before the FBI announced it would not recommend charges against the Democratic nominee.

Grassley also asked Horowitz to probe “any appearance of conflicts” surrounding Peter Kadzik, Justice’s top congressional liaison. Kadzik appears to have given Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta a “heads up” about possible public testimony on the email investigation, according to WikiLeaks documents published Wednesday.

The letter also notes that Kadzik represented Podesta during the Clinton-Monica Lewinsky investigation, lobbied Podesta for Clinton to pardon convicted tax evader Marc Rich and has dined with Clinton, too.

“Given these facts, Mr. Kadzik’s relationship with the Clintons and their …

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