The FBI’s handling of the email investigation of DNC interim chair Donna Brazillig has been criticized as an example of the FBI and DOJ not acting in good faith, as they did with a separate Clinton investigation involving her use of a private email server while serving as the nation’s first female president.
The FBI investigation into Brazilliga led to the indictment of a former Clinton aide in May of this year.
But the FBI investigation has come under renewed scrutiny this week after it emerged that the bureau had failed to turn over documents and other information that it said it had requested.
“The FBI investigation that the DOJ is conducting is not being investigated,” said Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich.
“What they’re doing is doing their own thing, and that is going through their own process.”
In the wake of the arrest of former Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich on May 10, the FBI released a summary of its investigation that showed that it failed to find evidence tying Rich to WikiLeaks.
The indictment of Rich was part of a larger probe of possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election that has drawn the attention of the Justice Department and Congress.
It was the first time the FBI had acknowledged that it had been unable to produce any evidence that would support its investigation.
In a statement, the bureau said it “has been unable and does not intend to reopen the investigation, even as it continues to work with the Department of Justice and other appropriate law enforcement agencies to complete its investigation.”
The bureau’s handling has been “a cause of frustration and confusion to many who are trying to get to the bottom of what happened,” said Seth Barrett, the chief investigative officer of Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group.
“While we continue to await the results of the investigation and to provide updates on what the investigation has uncovered, we believe the investigation is incomplete and the Department and FBI should step up their efforts to make sure this never happens again,” he added.
“It is a pattern of ineptitude by the FBI in its handling of this matter that is creating a lot of unnecessary frustration for members of Congress, the press, and the public.”
The FBI declined to comment on the details of the Rich investigation.
The Justice Department has not confirmed the indictment.
But a source familiar with the investigation told CNN that the investigation was hampered by a lack of cooperation from the FBI, and said the FBI “took advantage of a situation that could have easily been resolved by a court order, with no evidence to prove that it ever happened.”
The source also said that the Justice and FBI agencies were in a position to provide evidence that the email probe was a sham.
“We are frustrated that the FBI was unable to provide a meaningful response to our questions and requests, and we expect the Department to provide that information as soon as possible,” the source said.
“As we have said, the investigation of Mr. Rich is ongoing, and it will continue to take time to review all of the evidence, as well as any information that might come to light.
We will not rest until this investigation is complete and we can determine what happened here.”
In a separate development, The Hill reported that the Department is now considering an amendment to the Justice bill that would provide prosecutors more power to obtain search warrants and seize computers and other electronic devices from individuals suspected of involvement in cyber crimes.
The bill, which passed the House in February, would give prosecutors the authority to issue search warrants to compel information from computers and electronic devices suspected of being connected to cyber crimes, and would provide for more robust oversight of the warrants.
“In our review of this legislation, we have identified significant areas for improvement, particularly in regards to warrants, and are exploring the possibility of moving forward with amendments that would address those issues,” the Justice Office of Inspector General said in a statement.
The House bill passed by a vote of 218-206.