Georgetown University law professor Jonathan Turley wrote in the Washington Post that “a serious investigation of the Clinton email investigation should have been opened in August 2016.”
Turley was referring to a request by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Congress to conduct a “public hearing on the Clinton Foundation.”
The hearing would have examined the Clinton family’s charitable work, the relationship between the Clinton administration and the foundation, and whether the foundation’s charitable donations affected the State Department’s decision to approve a $1.9 billion donation to the Clinton Global Initiative.
But, Turley said, the hearing was never requested.
The Post also reported that Turley, who is the co-author of the new book “Clinton Cash,” told the Post that the investigation into the Clintons’ dealings with foreign governments was being conducted by a team of outside lawyers, not “Congressmen” who were appointed by the Clinton White House.
“I can assure you that no such inquiry was undertaken by the House Select Committee on Benghazi, or any of the other committees,” Turley told the newspaper.
“There is absolutely no basis for the claims that this committee was asked to investigate Clinton or her husband, Bill Clinton, for any wrongdoing.”
The Post reported that Clinton and her staff were informed in March 2016 that the House Benghazi committee was seeking documents from the State Departments office that handles State Department business.
The report also said the staff was told by the State department that the FBI was conducting an investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state.
“The State AG’s office has been cooperating with the FBI and has provided additional information to the Committee.” “
The State Department said it had no comment on the allegations. “
The State AG’s office has been cooperating with the FBI and has provided additional information to the Committee.”
The State Department said it had no comment on the allegations.
Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill denied the claims.
“No one has ever suggested that the Clinton team or anyone associated with the Clinton campaign contacted any federal agencies to ask for documents from State Department,” Merrill said in a statement.
“At no time were there any requests from anyone to review Clinton Foundation records.”
Turleys remarks come a day after the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced it would hold a hearing on Clinton’s email probe.
The committee announced the investigation, led by Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, was looking into whether the State and the Justice departments were properly informed of Clinton’s private email setup before the Clinton presidential campaign started accepting foreign donations in 2016.
Gowdy said that the hearing will be held before a “select group of committee members, including some of the top Clinton loyalists, who are well-connected in Washington, DC and the surrounding area.”
Gowdy told the Washington Examiner on Friday that he was “not aware” of any Clinton-related requests for documents in connection with the Benghazi investigation.
Turley also said in the Post article that the Benghazi inquiry was being handled by the Congressional Research Service, a nonpartisan research agency.
The CRS said it was “conducting an inquiry” and that the committee had no immediate comment on Turley’s claims.
Turleys report also notes that Gowdy is one of the GOP members who is looking into the former secretary of State’s emails.
“Gowdy’s Benghazi inquiry is about a private server used by Clinton, not about her handling of classified information,” Turleys post said.
“We’ll see if Gowdy can get Gowdy to reopen the Benghazi Committee and look into Clinton.
The Democrats can never have enough Benghazi investigation fodder.”