House Democrat slams GOP chairman over Clinton email inquiry


September 9, 2016 9:00PM (UTC)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee says the Republican chairman is abusing his authority by unfairly targeting Hillary Clinton to damage her presidential bid.

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland says the chairman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, is using the committee's resources and taxpayer money to engage in what Cummings says is "in an astonishing onslaught of political attacks" against Clinton.

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Cummings says he was incensed that Chaffetz and Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte — the Judiciary Committee chairman — have asked the Justice Department to investigate whether the former secretary of state lied to Congress about her private email server.

Cummings calls the accusation "ludicrous" and part of a Republican pattern of "accuse, investigate, fail, repeat."





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