The election may finally be over, but the investigations into former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, her aides and the Clinton Foundation are not. In the wake of her defeat, a top congressman is reminding us that questions still remain.
According to The Washington Post, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has vowed to continue his committee’s investigations until justice is served. “It would be totally remiss of us to dismiss” the investigations simply because Clinton lost the election.
“I still have a duty and obligation to get to the truth about one of the largest breaches of security at the State Department,” Chaffetz said. “Tens of thousands of documents still have not been turned over to Congress.”
Other members of both parties have called for an end to the investigations. The Blaze reported that New Jersey Gov. Christ Christie told NBC that “politics are over now. People have spoken. Time to unite the country.” Rep. Elijah Cummings, (D-M.D.), the top Democrat on the committee, called Chaffetz’s plans “extremely disappointing.”
“After everything our country has just been through – and particularly given that Donald Trump and Paul Ryan have both called for healing our nation’s divisions – I think the American people deserve more from Congress than to continue squandering taxpayer dollars on these baseless Republican accusations and partisan attacks,” Cummings told The Post.
The Post reported that “Chaffetz said he has a ‘duty’ to find thousands of Clinton’s communications that have not been made public to determine if they contain classified information. He also said some State Department employees who helped set up the email server in her New York home could lose their security clearances.”
Chaffetz does not plan to subpoena Hillary Clinton to testify again about her email practices. However, he did indicate that State Department staff would likely be called to testify. He argued that it will take too long for the FBI to clear and release all of the documents that they have.
President-elect Trump previously indicated that “he would appoint a special prosecutor to examine Clinton’s use of a private email server.” That potential investigation makes Trump’s choice for Attorney General critical.