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Chaffetz: Hillary could be called as witness

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could be called as a witness to a House Oversight Committee hearing next Congress, incoming Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said on Tuesday.

Chaffetz promised his committee will look at the issue of embassy security in the next Congress, and signaled he intends to put his focus on Clinton, who is expected to be preparing for a White House bid next year.

He said Clinton “changed the way we do embassy security and how we build the infrastructure there and she created a mess. It’s a disaster!”

{mosads}Asked if Clinton could be asked to testify, Chaffetz said: “I’m not going to rule that out.”

Chaffetz did say he’d leave further investigation of the 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi to a special committee.

Chaffetz sat down with The Hill for an exclusive on camera interview following a less formal roundtable with reporters in his new Capitol Hill digs.

During the roundtable, Chaffetz announced a restructuring of subcommittees.

The new subcommittees will include panels on information technology, which will be led by incoming freshman Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas); National Defense, led by Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.); Interior, led by Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wy.); Transportation and Public Assets, led by Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.); Government Operations, led by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.); and Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules, led by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

Chaffetz also said he’d dismissed 60 percent of the staff that worked under his predecessor Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who will no longer sit on the panel.

Here’s a look at Chaffetz’s comments on Benghazi and Hillary Clinton. The Hill will release more of the interview later in the week.

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