FBI refused to brief Oversight committee on Clinton report

FBI refused to brief Oversight committee on Clinton report
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Republicans on the House Oversight Committee asked officials from the FBI and three other agencies for a classified briefing on Wednesday regarding redactions in the report on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Trump's approval rating stable at 45 percent Kellyanne Conway: 'I think my gender helps me with the president' MORE’s email server — but were denied.

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In response to the refusal, the committee has now scheduled a hearing for Monday morning at which the same four agencies — the FBI, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Justice and State departments — will be asked to testify.

Large sections of the 58-page report, released on Friday, were redacted to protect classified information. Committee Republicans believe that some of the blacked-out information — such as names in “to” and “from” lines in emails — has been removed unnecessarily, according to a committee aide.

Among the redacted names is the name of the Platte River Networks technician who erased an archive of emails belonging to Clinton, now the Democratic nominee for president.

Oversight Chairman Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzLawmakers contemplate a tough political sell: Raising their pay Top Utah paper knocks Chaffetz as he mulls run for governor: ‘His political career should be over’ Boehner working on memoir: report MORE (R-Utah) on Tuesday asked a federal prosecutor to investigate whether Clinton or her aides were involved in the deletion, which occurred a few weeks after The New York Times publicly revealed Clinton’s exclusive use of the server during her time helming the State Department and after the House Benghazi Committee had issued a subpoena for records relating to the attack on the Libyan outpost.

Oversight Democrats have already hammered Chaffetz for both the aborted Wednesday meeting and Monday’s “hastily-scheduled” hearing.

"It is crystal clear that the FBI is now deeply regretting its decision to make a rare exception in this case and provide access to its internal interviews and documents because nothing will ever satisfy Chairman Chaffetz and his Republican colleagues,” Oversight ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said in a statement.

“[S]ince Republicans did not get the answer they wanted, they are now investigating the investigator, re-litigating every possible aspect of the investigation, and using taxpayer resources in a blatant attempt to harm Secretary Clinton's poll numbers and help Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE. As I told Director Comey during his testimony before our Committee, the Republicans have now placed him on trial."