Posted: 10:31 am Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
Angered by the outcome of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email practices while she served as Secretary of State, Republicans have called FBI Director James Comey to Capitol Hill on Thursday, as he will go before the House Oversight Committee to answer questions about the Clinton probe.
“There are a lot of questions that have to be answered, and so we are going to be asking those questions,” said Speaker Paul Ryan, as he expressed outrage about the lack of charges against Clinton.
“We have seen nothing but stonewalling and dishonesty on this issue and that means there are a lot more questions that have to be answered,” Ryan told reporters.
“The fact pattern presented by Director Comey makes clear Secretary Clinton violated the law,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the Chairman of the Oversight Committee, as he announced the Thursday hearing with Comey.
“I hope Director Comey shows up,” said Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL). “The American people deserve a thorough explanation.”
The move to call in the FBI chief was immediately questioned by Clinton’s top campaign spokesman Brian Fallon, as he noted that Republicans in the House and Senate also are spending Thursday with Donald Trump.
So House GOP will hold a hearing flogging Comey for not charging Clinton on same day Trump visits the Hill? This should end well.
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) July 6, 2016
Republicans also announced that the House Judiciary Committee will hold a regular oversight hearing next Tuesday with Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Lynch is certain to be asked about her tarmac meeting in Phoenix last week with former President Bill Clinton – while Lynch denied that the two talked about the investigation of his wife, even Lynch has admitted the meeting “cast a shadow” over the probe.
“No one is above the law and the American people need to know that federal law enforcement is taking this misconduct seriously,” said Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-VA).
But some conservatives questioned whether a hearing with the FBI chief would really do anything.
Sad prediction: This will not go well. The AG will do fine, House Republicans will look silly. https://t.co/Ur7eJ14GCR
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) July 6, 2016
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.