Congressional Republicans seem to be as fed up with the FBI’s stonewalling and cover up of Hillary Clinton’s illegal actions as the American public.
A clearly frustrated Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, wasted no time issuing a subpoena to a top FBI official in the middle of testimony on Monday, Fox News reported.
Viewers of the hearings were able to see Chaffetz issue the subpoena to Jason Herring, the acting assistant FBI director for congressional affairs, on live television. Herring was testifying about withholding of information on the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal when Chaffetz, R-Utah, blasted him.
“You don’t get to decide what I get to see,” he told Herring, who appeared before the committee to discuss the files along with six other Obama administration officials.
“I was elected by some 800,000 people to come to Congress and see classified information,” Chaffetz declared to Herring who said he was unable to commit to making available the full FBI investigation files “with no redactions.”
Then I’m going to issue a subpoena, and I’m going to do it right now,” Cheffetz responded. “You are hereby served.”
It remains to be seen if the order will be acted upon or ignored like the one issued to the former State Department IT specialist who set up then-secretary of state Clinton’s private server. Chaffetz said he would be considering a “full range of options” to address Bryan Pagliano’s “failure” to attend the House committee hearing, Fox reported.
“He should be here,” Chaffetz said. “It is not optional. His attendance is required here.”
Pagliano, who spoke to the FBI under immunity, will reportedly continue to assert his constitutional right not to testify, according to a letter from his attorney. Two other witnesses who were subpoenaed did appear but continued to plead their Fifth Amendment right to not testify, further frustrating Chaffetz and other GOP lawmakers trying to get to the bottom of Clinton’s email.
Chaffetz warned Pagliano’s “thumbing his nose at Congress” and ignoring the subpoena would result in penalties.”We’re not letting go of this,” he said.
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