House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte subpoenaed the Justice Department on Thursday for documents regarding the charging decisions in the investigation into Hillary Clintona��s private email server, potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the recommendation from the FBIa��s Office of Professional ResponsibilityA�to fire former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
Goodlatte, R-Va., who has said he would not seek re-election in November, penned a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Thursday, attached to the document subpoena.
Goodlatte requested documents related to the Clinton email investigation and noted that only a a�?fractiona�? of those documents had been produced, with a�?no documentsa�? provided related to the request on potential FISA abuses.
a�?Given the Departmenta��s ongoing delays in producing these documents, I am left with no choice but to issue the enclosed subpoena to compel production of these documents,a�? Goodlatte wrote.
Goodlatte added that since the request for Clinton email server investigation documents, the FBIa��s Office of Professional Responsibility recommended the dismissal of McCabe, who was fired ahead of his retirement last Friday, putting his full pension in jeopardy.
a�?This recommendation appears to be based, at least in part, on events related to the investigation surrounding Secretary Clintona��s private email server,a�? Goodlatte wrote. a�?Accordingly, the subpoena additionally covers all documents and communications relied upon by FBIa��s Office of Professional Responsibility in reaching its decision to recommend the dismissal of former Deputy Director McCabe.a�?
Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior, in a statement to Fox News, said the DOJ and the FBI a�?take the Committeea��s inquiry seriously and are committed to accommodating its oversight request in a manner consistent with the Departmenta��s law enforcement and national security responsibilities.a�?
The Justice Department said that more than two dozen FBI staff have been assisting the DOJ in producing a�?on a rolling basisa�? responsive documents to the Committeea��s a�?broad request every 10 to 14 days.a�?
a�?The original universe of documents requested was substantial, but there are approximately 30,000 documents thought to be responsive to the Committeea��s inquiry; of that, we have thus far delivered 3,000 documents to the Committee,a�? Prior said in the statement. A�
a�?We are individually reviewing the remaining documents to ensure that they do not include grand jury information, information about ongoing law enforcement actions involving American citizens, or privileged attorney-client communications,a�? Prior said. a�?In cases where redactions have been necessary, the Department has, when appropriate, provided Committee staff an opportunity for in camera review of unredacted materials.a�?
Earlier this month, Goodlatte, along with House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., demanded the Justice Department appoint a second special counsel to investigate a�?conflicts of interesta�? and decisions a�?made and not madea�? by current and former Justice Department officials in potential FISA abuses and the Clinton email probe.
Fox News’ Jake Gibson contributed to this report.