Former GOP rep Jason Chaffetz on Fox: The deep state 'is very real'

Former Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzTop Utah paper knocks Chaffetz as he mulls run for governor: ‘His political career should be over’ Boehner working on memoir: report Former GOP lawmaker on death of 7-year-old migrant girl: Message should be ‘don't make this journey, it will kill you' MORE (R-Utah) said Wednesday morning that the deep state is "very real," adding that he "lived through it."

"Today is going to be a big day, because Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears ‘Fox & Friends’ host asks if McCabe opening FBI probe into Trump was attempt to ‘overthrow government’ Nunes says GOP lawmakers looking through Russia transcripts, will make DOJ referrals MORE has subpoenaed a bunch of records from the Department of Justice," "Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade said when introducing Chaffetz, who signed on as a Fox News contributor in 2016.

“We will find out exactly how many of them show up and how many of them are blacked out," added co-host Steve Doocy.

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"John Solomon has some good reporting over at The Hill where they revealed yesterday that there is ... written evidence that apparently the FBI believed that laws were broken regarding the Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonO’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears Exclusive: Biden almost certain to enter 2020 race MORE email scandal. And it looks like that IT guy covered things up when he, even though they were subpoenaing the email records, he went and [used computer software BleachBit] or whatever he did to it to destroy the hard drive," Doocy continued.

Chaffetz said he believed that Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, would be indicted in July 2016, before former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyMcCabe book: Trump pushed back on officials using Putin claim that North Korea couldn't fire long-range missiles Graham seeks new Rosenstein testimony after explosive McCabe interview Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general MORE announced that she would not.

“There was hammers, there was BleachBit. When you listen to James Comey back in July of 2016, you really thought that she was actually to get indicted. But this is a closed case. So there no reason why the Department of Justice should hold back any documents from the Congress,” he said

“Well, then why are they?” asked Doocy.

“Well, the key you that you need to listen for today is, I guarantee you, the Department of Justice will tout how many documents they are turning over," Chaffetz replied. "The question that [House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman] Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyTrey Gowdy joins Fox News as a contributor Congress must take the next steps on federal criminal justice reforms Lynch testimony marks final interview of GOP-led probe MORE always asked, which is the right one, is what percentage of the documents? Because, if you want 100 percent of the truth on a closed case, hen turn over all the documents. But I don’t think they’re going to do it. They’ve been asking for these documents under subpoena since August and they still haven’t gotten them.”

“Is it the deep state?” Doocy asked.

“It is the deep state," Chaffetz said. "I was a little skeptical ... but I’m telling you, having lived through it, it is very real.”

The commentary from Chaffetz comes after Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, slammed Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinGraham seeks new Rosenstein testimony after explosive McCabe interview Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears MORE last Thursday while accusing the Justice Department of ignoring subpoenas sent by the committee last August.

His Dec. 28 letter alleges the FBI ignored Nunes's requests for information pertaining to a dossier of opposition research, which contains unverified and salacious information linking President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE to Russia that was compiled by a former British intelligence agent and paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.

"Shortly before my meeting with you in early December, DOJ subsequently located and produced numerous FD-302s pertaining to the Steele dossier, thereby rendering the initial response disingenuous at best," Nunes wrote to Rosenstein.

FD-302s are FBI forms that include reports or summaries of interviews.

"Given the content and impact of these supposedly newly discovered FD-302s, the Committee is no longer able to accept your purported basis for DOJ's blanket refusal to provide responsive FBI Form FD-1023s—documenting meetings between FBI officials and FBI confidential human sources—or anything less than full and complete compliance with its subpoenas," Nunes wrote.