Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), has had enough of games, cover-ups and foot-dragging related to the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton. Chaffetz, who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, slapped an FBI official with a subpoena for all documents related to the Hillary Clinton email investigation – in the middle of a hearing!
“Will the FBI provide to Congress the full file with no redactions of personal identifiable information?” Chaffetz asked Jason Herring, the FBI’s acting assistant director of legislative affairs, during Monday’s hearing. When Herring indicated he couldn’t or wouldn’t guarantee such action, Chaffetz slapped him with a subpoena.
Chaffetz opened hearings into the production of documents to Congress related to the FBI’s Hillary Clinton investigation by asking Herring what documents he believes Congress is not entitled to see. When it appeared that Herring was preparing to launch into Ringling Bros. mode, Chaffetz put a stop to the three-ring circus. Fast.
Asks Chaffetz, “What information do you believe Congress does not have a right to see?” Herring got more than he bargained for when he tries to evade the question. Chaffetz reins him in with:
What is it that I, or any member of Congress, don’t have a right to see? This is the way our government works. We get to do oversight.
“Has the president invoked executive privilege in this case?” asks Chaffetz. He then asks if there’s any other situation? He inquires why the FBI chose to put redactions on personal identifiable information. “Where in the Constitution does it say that I can’t see that?” asks Chaffetz.
The Chairman asks Herring to cite any legal case or precedent that says Congress can’t look at person identifiable information. “Are you aware that Congress is exempt from the privacy act? Does the FBI treat congressional document requests as FOIA requests?”
Continues Chaffetz, “It’s trust but verify. You don’t get to decide what I get to see. I get to see it all… that’s the way our Constitution works.”
When Herring says he can’t guarantee that the FBI will provide the full file to Congress without redactions, Chaffetz says he’s going to issue him a subpoena. And he does.