Rep. Jason Chaffetz and other GOP chairmen plan a new series of probes into Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State that could extend all the way up to Election Day 2016.
Republican committee chairmen — who have so far let the House Select Committee on Benghazi take the lead investigating Clinton’s response to the 2012 terrorist attack in Libya — are now eyeing their own spin-off probes into the Democratic front-runner for president.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wants answers about Clinton’s email server, including the possible mishandling of classified information, and what he called “a potential conflict of interest” for Huma Abedin, a top Clinton campaign manager and former State Department official. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is closely following allegations that her top aides also used personal email for work purposes, as he prepares for a possible inquiry once the Benghazi panel finishes its work, according to two committee sources.
Other panels, including the Senate Intelligence and Homeland Security committees, are monitoring an FBI probe into problems with classified information that moved through Clinton’s unsecured, homemade email server. And Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) — whose office had originally asked House chairmen to hold fire on investigating Clinton-related matters while the Benghazi panel finishes its work — has not ruled out the prospect of allowing another panel to investigate these offshoot matters, according to a leadership source.