Cornyn to AG Lynch: Release Clinton FBI Interview


In: All News   Posted 07/07/2016
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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch demanding the Department of Justice release the report and any transcript of the FBI’s three-and-a-half hour interview of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a part of the investigation into her use of an unsecured personal email server.

“The American people deserve the facts underlying former-Secretary Clinton’s FBI interview to evaluate the Department of Justice’s conclusions and the public statements that the former-Secretary Clinton and her supporters have made regarding her use of a personal email system and her egregious handling of classified information,” Senator Cornyn wrote.

Full text of the letter is below.

July 7, 2016

The Honorable Loretta Lynch
Attorney General
United States Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20530

Dear Attorney General Lynch,

On July 5, 2016, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced in a lengthy press conference that the FBI was officially recommending that “no charges are appropriate” in the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email system during her time as Secretary of State.  The Director made this recommendation even though the FBI found that “there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information,” including evidence that “Secretary Clinton or her colleagues … were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”  In doing so, the Director specifically pointed to seven e-mail chains concerning Top Secret information, some of which “bore markings indicating the presence of classified information.”  These conclusions, among others, directly contradict many of the public statements that former-Secretary Clinton and her supporters have made in defense of her unprecedented conduct.    Nevertheless, yesterday you accepted his recommendation and, in a terse, two-sentence statement, announced that “the thorough, year-long investigation” was now closed and that “no charges [would] be brought against any individuals within the scope of the investigation.” 

The Director’s lengthy public statement was “unusual,” as he noted, but he asserted that “the American people deserve … details in a case of intense public interest,” and that “given the importance of the matter, … unusual transparency is in order.”  His public statement, he said, was an effort to “assure the American people … that this investigation was done competently, honestly, and independently.  No outside influence of any kind was brought to bear.”  In contrast, your public announcement contained no similar disclosures or otherwise provided the American people with much needed transparency and information about that investigation.

For more than a year, I also have noted that this case was incredibly important and highly unusual and that the American people deserved a fair and impartial investigation.  That’s why I called for you to appoint a Special Counsel in this matter.  The need for a Special Counsel, the appointment of which would give the American people greater transparency and assurance of independence, was underscored after you decided to meet privately with Secretary Clinton’s husband just days before the Director’s public announcement and the conclusion of the investigation.  I will continue to press for this appointment because I believe it is the best and most appropriate way for the American people to have faith in the administration of justice in this case.

In the meantime, and because the Director and I both agree about the importance of this matter and the need for unusual transparency, I call on the Department of Justice to immediately release the FBI’s report and any transcript of the FBI’s three-and-a-half hour interview of former-Secretary Clinton on July 2.  As you know, such interview reports often become public when a criminal investigation results in a criminal prosecution.  And the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure require the Department of Justice to provide an interview report directly to a criminal defendant.  Of course, here you have declined to appoint a Special Counsel and the FBI has decided that “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” so the American people will not enjoy the same transparency that they have come to expect from their own government.  But as the Director said, “only facts matter,” and the American people deserve the facts underlying former-Secretary Clinton’s FBI interview to evaluate the Department of Justice’s conclusions and the public statements that the former-Secretary Clinton and her supporters have made regarding her use of a personal email system and her egregious handling of classified information.