WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz confirmed it will hold additional hearings on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s private email server when members return from recess.
New FBI documents released Monday show Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy pushing the FBI to declassify emails in exchange for a “quid pro quo” deal — a move Chaffetz and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes found deeply troubling.
“Undoubtedly there will be, based on the documents the FBI released today there are new facts that need to be investigated. I’m very concerned about the quid pro quo that was in negotiation between the State Department and the FBI,” Chaffetz told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Chairman Nunes and I believe Patrick Kennedy should be relieved of his duties immediately pending an investigation. This is a manipulation if not an outright crime and so we’re gonna drive into that.”
While the downgrade discussed between the agency officials didn’t come into fruition, the congressmen were clear they believe the proposal was inappropriate.
“Those who receive classified intelligence should not barter in it – that is reckless behavior with our nation’s secrets,” said Chaffetz and Nunes. “Someone who would try to get classification markings doctored should not continue serving in the State Department or retain access to classified information. Therefore, President Obama and Secretary Kerry should immediately remove Under Secretary Kennedy pending a full investigation.”
FBI Director James Comey called Clinton’s use of a private email server “extremely careless,” he stated he recommended no charges be made against the presidential hopeful.
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“I want to get to the truth, and I want people to be held accountable I don’t think that’s asking too much,” Chaffetz told TheDCNF.