Grassley Demands Probe Into Comey’s Use of Secret Gmail Account For FBI Business
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Monday demanding access to James Comey’s private Gmail account he used for official FBI business.
The FBI has until June 29th to response to Grassley’s letter.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
According to the IG report released last Thursday, then-FBI Director James Comey used a secret Gmail account when conducting FBI business, despite warning other agents they would be in “huge trouble” if they did the same thing.
Comey’s frequent use of a personal email account for unclassified FBI business was “inconsistent with” the policy statement for email use by the Justice Department, according to a report issued by the Office of the Inspector General.
The findings were published on page 425 of the report.
The IG report identified FIVE different instances where Comey used a Gmail account to conduct official FBI business, CNBC reported.
Senator Grassley said Comey’s use of a private email account raises some “serious questions,” being that the bureau was investigating Hillary Clinton for the same misconduct:
It is disturbing that FBI employees tasked with investigating Secretary Clinton, including
the former Director, appear to have engaged in strikingly similar conduct. Although it does not
appear as egregious and prolonged, they also used non-government systems for official work.
Grassley wants all of Comey’s private emails to make sure classified information was not transmitted:
In the FBI’s response to the Inspector General’s report, it claims, “there is no finding or indication
that any classified material ever transited former Director Comey’s, Ms. Page’s, or Mr. Strzok’s
personal devices or accounts.”9
However, unless the FBI has obtained and examined those
records, then it simply cannot know one way or the other.
Inspector General Horowitz also confirmed Monday during a Congressional hearing Comey is under investigation for his mishandling of classified memos.