Oct 28 2016

Shelby to FBI Director Comey: The American People Deserve an Expeditious & Thorough Investigation

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS), today sent a letter to FBI Director Comey regarding the news that the Bureau re-opened its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server.

The text of Chairman Shelby’s letter can be found below, and a PDF version can be found here.

October 28, 2016


The Honorable James B. Comey                                                       
Federal Bureau of Investigation
935 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20535-0001
Dear Director Comey: 
I am writing in response to the letter you sent me regarding the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) intention to re-open the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Due to the serious nature of this matter, I request that the FBI expeditiously and thoroughly conduct its review.

In July, you held a press conference where you explained to the American people that Secretary Clinton was “extremely careless” with classified information while using a private e-mail server. Unfortunately, it has now become apparent that the FBI, with all its extensive resources and highly-trained personnel, closed an incomplete investigation that resulted in only partial findings.  I firmly believe that the American people deserve to know the facts – all of them
There is much at stake in how this investigation is conducted.  Not only is the Bureau’s examination a reflection on the current Administration and Secretary Clinton, but it is also critical to the integrity of the FBI and the American people’s ability to place their trust in government.  I believe that your recommendation and the Department of Justice’s decision not to prosecute Secretary Clinton set a dangerous precedent for the way we hold our public officials accountable. 
While I am pleased that the FBI is re-opening this case in light of new information, it is imperative that the Bureau immediately evaluate the material to complete this investigation.  The American people are electing their next Commander-in-Chief only days from now, and they deserve to know the conclusion of your review prior to Election Day.  Let me be clear: This should be your utmost priority.

Richard C. Shelby                                              
Senate Subcommittee on Commerce,                            
Justice, Science and Related Agencies