Chaffetz Hits FBI with Subpoena


“You are hereby served!”

Republican House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz created a dramatic buzz during a hearing Monday on Capitol Hill when he hit the FBI with an unexpected subpoena. The subpoena details the full explanation and demand for the FBI’s full investigative file of Hillary Clinton and the email probe.

The FBI would not provide Chaffetz and the committee with the full, un-redacted investigative summaries of the federal inquiry into Clinton’s personal server. The committee is also frustrated that the Clinton’s mismanaging of classified information was simply pardoned by the FBI’s inquiry, and thus the subpoena targets this aspect too.

In fact, Chaffetz and other Republicans on the panel directly accused the FBI of withholding summaries of interviews with key witnesses, and unnecessarily redacted material from documents to cover potentially damaging evidence to Clinton and her election chances.

“That’s the way a banana republic acts, not the way the United States of America acts,” Chaffetz told FBI acting legislative affairs chief Jason Herring. “I don’t expect to have to issue a subpoena to see unclassified information. We decide what’s relevant — not the Department of Justice, not the FBI. We are entitled to the full file.”

Democrats panicked at the panel during Chaffetz’s revelation of the subpoena, and Democrat Representative Elijah Cummings called Chaffetz’s actions theatrical: “As far as I can tell, the only ‘emergency’ is that the election is less than two months away.”

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