The move during a congressional hearing by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, underscores mounting frustration within the GOP over what Republicans see as stonewalling by the FBI over the Clinton probe. Chaffetz and other Republicans on the panel said the bureau has withheld summaries of interviews with witnesses and unnecessarily blacked out material from documents sent last month.
“We decide what’s relevant — not the Department of Justice, not the FBI,” Chaffetz said. “We are entitled to the full file.”
Democrats insist the sole purpose of the hearings is to undermine Clinton’s bid for the presidency.
Dismissing the “emergency” hearing late on a Monday, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said, “As far as I can tell, the only ’emergency’ is that the election is less than two months away.”
Chaffetz issued the subpoena to Jason Herring, the acting assistant director for congressional affairs. Herring and six other Obama administration officials appeared before the committee to discuss the investigative files. The witnesses on several occasions said they could not answer the questions from lawmakers in an open forum.