Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz testifies before a House Committee on the Judiciary and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform joint hearing on'Oversight of the FBI and DOJ Actions in Advance of the 2016 Election', on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

House Republicans turn up the heat in standoff with DOJ

June 20, 2018 - 12:49 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans say the FBI hasn't adequately addressed the issue of bias within the agency and are threatening to hold top department officials in contempt or even impeach them.

The department's internal watchdog issued a report last week criticizing the FBI's handling of the 2016 probe into Democrat Hillary Clinton's emails. But it said political bias didn't affect the outcome of the investigation that eventually cleared her.

At a House hearing Tuesday, Republicans angrily asked inspector general Michael Horowitz how anti-Trump texts between some employees who worked on the Clinton probe didn't influence the outcome. They also complained that they haven't received some of the documents they have demanded.

Horowitz repeated his conclusion that the outcome of the investigation was determined by prosecutors' assessment of the facts, not by bias.

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