U.S. House panels probing Justice Department actions in 2016 campaign

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Posted: Oct 24, 2017 11:35 AM

By Sarah N. Lynch and Susan Heavey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican chairmen of two U.S. House of Representative panels on Tuesday said they are probing various Department of Justice actions during the 2016 presidential campaign, including FBI decisions surrounding the investigation into former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's emails.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said they have "outstanding questions" about why former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey decided to publicly disclose and keep Congress updated on the status of the bureau's probe into Clinton's handling of classified information, but never disclosed its probe into President Donald Trump's campaign associates.

The probe will also explore the FBI's decision to "appropriate full decision-making" in declining to prosecute Clinton, rather than leaving it to prosecutors at the Justice Department, they said in a statement.

An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment on the probe.

The joint investigation by the two panels is now the second congressional inquiry into the FBI's handling of the Clinton investigation.

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The Senate Judiciary Committee has also been digging into the matter, as part of a broader probe that also encompasses alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign and whether Trump's campaign associates colluded with the Russians.

The House and Senate intelligence committees, meanwhile, are conducting separate Russia probes.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch and Susan Heavey)