A source confirmed Sunday that some of the FBI files on the agency’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server system while secretary of state could be given to a House oversight committee as early as this week. The only matter holding up the process is issues within the Justice Department, said the source, without offering further explanation.
The FBI, after interviewing Clinton last month, concluded its investigation of Clinton using as private server to send and receive official emails.
FBI Director James Comey said investigators found three emails with partial classified information and that Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, was “extremely careless.”
However, he did not recommend criminal charges, and the Justice Department closed the case.
Congressional investigators — led by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah — have been aggressively pushing for the summary of Clinton’s interview, known as a “302.”
It is standard for FBI interviews not to be recorded, so there is no transcript.
Last week, the State Department turned over 44 previously-unreleased Clinton email exchanges that the Democratic presidential nominee failed to include among the 30,000 private messages she turned over to the government last year, which showed her interacting with lobbyists, political and Clinton Foundation donors and business interests as secretary of state.
The emails were obtained by the legal group Judicial Watch as part of its lawsuit against the State Department.
The emails covered Clinton’s first three months as secretary of state in early 2009, a period for which Clinton did not turn over any emails to the State Department last year.
The government found the newly disclosed messages during a search of agency computer files from longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
The emails were separate from a larger batch of several thousand work-related emails that FBI officials recovered from Clinton’s private server. Clinton’s legal team turned over more than 30,000 emails from her server to the State Department last March but only after deleting another 30,000 messages that Clinton’s team deemed private and personal.
The FBI plans to turn over the reconstructed Clinton emails to the State Department for public release.