"How is it the State Department essentially lied to the media, the world, and the public?" Chaffetz said Tuesday morning. "It’s our information. These aren’t Hillary Clinton’s emails. These are federal records. And so we want to know from the State Department how they misled the American public for so long. The second thing we want to do and have scheduled for a week from, or for next Monday is all these redactions that they’ve given, all of these things. We may need to go into a classified setting, because the FBI, State Department, Department of Defense, others, they’re holding information back that members of Congress should be able to see as well as the public."
The latest hearings follow months of public and private probes of Clinton's email server. None has found actionable wrongdoing; all have succeeded in creating fresh, negative stories about the Democratic nominee's conduct while at the State Department. After the FBI declined to indict Clinton after its lengthy email probe, Chaffetz asked the bureau if it had found evidence of perjury in her congressional testimony, and asked for its notes from the investigation to be made public. The second request was fulfilled last week, with revelations from the investigation — which exonerated Clinton while finding specific instances of sloppiness and confusion — leading many news stories into the holiday weekend.
In a scrum with reporters on her campaign plane, Clinton dismissed the new questions about her emails as dilatory, verging on conspiratorial.
“The FBI resolved all of this," said the Democratic nominee. "Their report answered all the questions. The findings included debunking his latest conspiracy theories. I believe I have created so many jobs in the sort of conspiracy theory machine factory, because honestly, they never quit. They keep coming back. And here’s another one. It’s been debunked. If that’s how they want to spend their time instead of looking to address the problems of the American people, that’s their choice.”
This week marks the start of Congress's last work period before the election, with no sessions scheduled after Sept. 30. But in his conversation with Hewitt, Chaffetz said that he could request more testimony or documents on the Clinton saga at any time.
"Even though we may not be in session doesn’t mean we can’t compel people to come in for a deposition or to provide documents and whatnot," Chaffetz said. "So Hillary Clinton chose this timeline, not me. She decided to hold this information for years. And, but now that the FBI has concluded their portion, and by the way, the FBI did not, has not looked at her testimony before Congress, has not looked at other things that she did potentially with the destruction of documents. So that will continue, and we’re going to go full steam ahead."
John Wagner contributed reporting.