If Hillary Clinton thinks the investigation of her private, unsecured email server ended with her failed bid for the presidency in November, she’d better think again – because now the top GOP investigator says a House Republican probe could zero in on “a lot of other characters” involved in the Clinton scandal.
“This was never a political targeting in the beginning, and just because there was a political election doesn’t mean it goes away,” House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said Monday. “There were a lot of other characters involved in this that we have to look at.”
The House investigation may include several individuals, including former members of Hillary’s campaign or even FBI officials, the Washington Examiner reported.
“This was potentially one of the largest breaches of security in the history of the State Department,” Chaffetz said. “It cannot and should never be repeated again. How is it that so much information was able to migrate out into the world? These are still open questions that we need to finish up so that they don’t happen again.”
According to the Examiner, Chaffetz said he wants to look into the security clearances of aides who helped Hillary with her “extremely careless” email setup. He indicated Hillary IT aide Bryan Pagliano could even be held in contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas to appear before Congress in 2016. As WND reported, Pagliano – the man who set up Hillary’s homebrew email server – simply refused to obey a subpoena to appear before a House committee hearing in September.
“You can’t just get a subpoena from Congress to testify and not show up,” Chaffetz said Monday.
The GOP lawmaker also indicated interest in probing the role of State Department Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy in the email scandal, as the FBI has suggested Kennedy attempted to arrange a “quid pro quo” with the agency so it would declassify Hillary emails.
“FBI leadership could also be a live target of the review, as Republicans re troubled that Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime ally of the Clintons, made campaign donations to the wife of Andrew McCabe, the agency’s second-in-command,” the Examiner reported.
Chaffetz said, “I’m very concerned about the straight-up conflict of interest that Mr. McCabe had. That’s something we’ll continue to spend resources on.”