The FBI is investigating whether "'improper political considerations" led to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton not being prosecuted for mishandling classified material.
On Dec. 7, FBI Director Chris Wray told the House Judiciary Committee the FBI Inspector General was looking into the situation and hinted charges could still be possible, reports the Daily Mail.
"The Inspector General is looking at the very important question of whether or not improper political considerations factored into the decision making," Wray told members of Congress, reports Gateway Pundit. "If he were to conclude that’s what happened, then I think at that point we’re in a situation where we have to assess what else might need to be done to unring that bell."
Asked to clarify what he meant, Wray explained the FBI would be prepared to reopen an investigation as long as there is no statute of limitation issue.
The news comes after it was revealed Peter Strzok, a trusted and experienced counter-intelligence agent who helped lead the Clinton probe, allegedly exchanged pro-Clinton and anti-Trump texts with his lover, FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
"It is absolutely unacceptable for FBI employees to permit their own political predilections to contaminate any investigation," said the committee's chairman, Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia. "Even the appearance of impropriety will devastate the FBI's reputation."
Authorities also learned Strzok reportedly changed the language in a memo from former FBI Director James Comey. In May 2016, Comey said Clinton "used the private email server in a manner that was grossly negligent with respect to the handling of classified material."
"Grossly negligent" is a phrase that would have allowed officials to charge Clinton.
But Strzok allegedly removed the words, replacing them with "extremely careless."
He also said Clinton aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills had not lied to the FBI when evidence revealed otherwise.
"Mills did not learn Clinton was using a private server until after Clinton’s tenure," Strzok said of an April 2016 interview he conducted. "Mills stated she was not even sure she knew what a server was at the time."
A series of emails proved both statements false.
In addition to commenting on the Clinton situation, Wray also ardently defended the FBI against Trump's accusations its reputation was in "tatters." It was the first time he publicly addressed Trump's criticism, USA Today reports.
"It is the honor of my life to lead the FBI," Wray told the House Judiciary Committee. "There is no finer institution than the FBI and no finer people who work there."
"The FBI I see are tens of thousands of agents who working their tails off," he added. "The FBI I see are tens of thousands of men and women who are hard-charging people of integrity."