Chaffetz: Clinton probe ‘wasn’t political targeting’

Chaffetz: Clinton probe ‘wasn’t political targeting’
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Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzThe myth of the conservative bestseller Elijah Cummings, Democratic chairman and powerful Trump critic, dies at 68 House Oversight panel demands DeVos turn over personal email records MORE (R-Utah) argued Tuesday that Congress's review of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMedia circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE’s private email server was not motivated by the presidential election.

“It wasn’t political targeting at the beginning, so because there’s been political election, why should I just drop it?” he said on Fox News, a week after Donald TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE was elected president.


The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman said officials never finished examining evidence regarding Clinton’s email practices as secretary of State.

“[Clinton] did create one of the biggest security breaches in the history of the State Department,” he said of the former Democratic presidential nominee.

“Until I have tens of thousands of additional documents that we don’t yet have, I can’t get to the conclusion yet,” he added.

Chaffetz said a day after Trump's surprise win over Clinton that he would continue probing Clinton's use of a private email server.

“It would be totally remiss of us to dismiss [the email investigation] because she’s not going to be president,” he said last week. "Regardless of the results of the election, of course we are going to continue to probe this.”

Chaffetz pledged he would arrange a series of interviews with State Department employees, adding he did not expect Clinton would testify in the case.

Clinton over the weekend reportedly blamed FBI Director James Comey for a loss in momentum leading to Election Day, citing his letter to Congress raising the email issue.

Comey informed lawmakers 11 days before the election that his agency was reviewing newly recovered emails linked to its investigation into Clinton's server.

The FBI director said in a second letter two days before the Nov. 8 election that the FBI would not change its conclusion reached in July to not recommend charges over the mishandling of classified information.