FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers that his agency was “not going to confirm or deny” the existence of a possible email scandal that had been plaguing the bureau.
“It is not something that we are going to talk about at this time,” Comey said Thursday at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing.
Comey also told lawmakers he has asked the bureau’s inspector general to review the bureau for possible wrongdoing.
“We will not discuss what happened,” he said.
The FBI said Thursday it had not yet been able to confirm the existence or authenticity of the emails, but the email scandal was not new to Comey, who is widely seen as a loyal ally of President Donald Trump.
The FBI has been under fire for the past year for its handling of an investigation into Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.
Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in the probe.
He has also defended Comey, calling him a “great man” and a “fighter.”
The FBI declined to comment further on the probe, but its inspector general has opened an investigation of the bureau, according to The Associated Press.