The Justice Department Should Have Never Leaked the Clinton Email Brief

Lawmakers urge action after report of other Supreme Court leak

House Judiciary panels in both parties are pushing the Department of Justice to investigate whether the confidential brief given to the Supreme Court Justice Selection Committee on Monday about the potential for sexual harassment or retaliation in the workplace is a leak.

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and ranking member Doug Collins, R-Ga., are also asking the Justice Department to brief their committee chairs about the issue.

After The Associated Press reported Sunday that top Justice Department officials had warned Justice Department attorneys not to brief the committee without the Justice Department’s input, the House Judiciary Committee’s chairman held a hearing Monday on the anonymous letter.

Goodlatte and Collins have since offered to work with the Justice Department to investigate the issue and prepare a briefing for the committees.

The Justice Department didn’t immediately respond, but asked the committees for copies of the confidential Justice Department document.

Meanwhile, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has held a hearing on the Justice Department and FBI’s handling of the Clinton email investigation, without mentioning the Justice Department brief.

Rep. Darrell E. Issa, R-Calif., and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the committee’s top Republican members, have also sent letters to the Justice Department requesting more information, while also urging them to investigate the issue.

“The Justice Department should have never given the brief to the Supreme Court selection committee in the first place,” Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, told The Associated Press. “If, as I suspect, they leaked something, our investigation should be all the more urgent.”

He said the Justice Department should explain why it gave it.

“It makes it clear that they were trying to undermine the investigation,” he said.

The Justice Department, however, said the Justice Department cannot comment on the letter.

Issa and Jordan wrote a separate letter to the FBI director, James B. Comey, recommending that he refer any case that is related to the email “matter” to the Justice Department, because “the FBI has

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