Chaffetz Moving Forward with Clinton Email Investigation

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 13:  Committee chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) speaks during a hearing on "Examining Preservation of State Department Federal Records" before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee September 13, 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Bill Thornton and Paul Combetta of Platte River Network invoked their right under the Fifth Amendment not to answer questions, and Bryan Pagliano, a former IT advisor for the State Department did not show up to testify.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

On Monday, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz said he will continue to investigate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State.

Chaffetz said of the Clinton email probe, “Just because there was a political election doesn’t mean it goes away.”

He stated the number of classified emails found on the server made it “the largest breach of security in the history of the State Department,” adding, “It cannot and should never be repeated again. How is it that so much information was able to migrate out into the world? These are still open questions that we need to finish up so that they don’t happen again.”

The GOP investigator also stated that the private email server investigation could likely bring “a lot of other characters” into congressional crosshairs.

“This was never a political targeting in the beginning, and just because there was a political election doesn’t mean it goes away.” He added, “There were a lot of other characters that were involved in this that we have to look at.”

Chaffetz plans to review the security clearances of all Clinton aides who managed the “extremely careless” email process, as described by FBI Director James Comey. In addition, Chaffetz said Bryan Pagliano, a Clinton IT aide, may be held in contempt of Congress for not showing up to testify after he received a subpoena.

Senior officials in the State Department, including Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy, will also be targeted in the investigation. The FBI has alleged that Kennedy tried to get them to suppress classified information.

FBI leadership may also be included in the review after it was discovered that Va. Gov Terry McAuliffe, and long-time friend of the Clintons, donated to the wife of Andrew McCabe, the agency’s second-in-command.

Chaffetz told reporters, “I’m very concerned about the straight-up conflict of interest that Mr. McCabe had… that’s something we’ll continue to spend resources on.”

He also said that the road to justice will likely not be an easy one, stating, “It depends how cooperative the administration is going to be. We’re going to work with [White House General Counsel Don] McGahn and [incoming] Attorney General Sessions and others to see what sort of documents and what sort of access we’re going to be allowed.”

He hinted that lower State Department officials could hinder the investigation. “We’re still dealing with the massive bureaucracy; changing the secretary of state doesn’t necessarily change the whole bureaucracy. I don’t want this to linger, but the reason we’re still talking about it now is because stuff that we’ve been asking for since 2010 still hasn’t arrived,” Chaffetz said.

H/T: Washington Examiner







 

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