Jason Chaffetz, House Republicans really want to keep investigating Hillary Clinton

Despite a lot that can be investigated in the incoming administration, Republicans really want to go after a Dem

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published December 1, 2016 3:32PM (EST)


President-elect Donald Trump may be flip-flopping over the president-elect's campaign vow to prosecute Hillary Clinton for using a private email server, but the chairman of the House Oversight Committee is resolute.

"We can't just simply let this go," Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz told Martha MacCallum on Wednesday during an appearance on Fox News.

“If the president or president-elect wants to pardon Secretary Hillary Clinton for the good of the nation, that is their option," Chaffetz said. "But I have a duty and an obligation to actually fix the problems that were made with Hillary Clinton.”

Chaffetz also added that, in his view, "a political election does not extinguish the need for transparency, truth and justice. We want to get to the truth." He also claimed that "there are tens of thousands of documents the State Department still has not turned over to the United States Congress that should be available. There’s issues relating to the Department of Justice. I still think that the federal government needs to provide to Congress the records which we sought."

Despite the presidential election being nearly one month old, the question of whether Donald Trump will try to imprison Clinton continues to loom. During his campaign Trump often led his crowds in chants of "Lock her up!" and even told Clinton that she would "be in jail" if he was president during one of their debates. During a Nov. 22 interview with "The New York Times," however, Trump said he wanted to "move forward" from the issue.

“I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t,” Trump said at the time. “She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways, and I am not looking to hurt them at all. The campaign was vicious.”

Nevertheless, this doesn't mean the matter is resolved. When it came out that Clinton was going to participate in audits of the election results in states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, one of Trump's closest political advisors Roger Stone warned that "Hillary, I think, increases her chances of prosecution by acting this way."

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a professional writer whose work has appeared in multiple national media outlets since 2012 and exclusively at Salon since 2016. His diverse interests are reflected in his interview, including: President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (1999-2001), animal scientist and autism activist Temple Grandin, inventor Ernő Rubik, comedian Bill Burr ("F Is for Family"), novelist James Patterson ("The President's Daughter"), epidemiologist Monica Gandhi, theoretical cosmologist Janna Levin, voice actor Rob Paulsen ("Animaniacs"), mRNA vaccine pioneer Katalin Karikó, philosopher of science Vinciane Despret, actor George Takei ("Star Trek"), climatologist Michael E. Mann, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (2013-present), dog cognition researcher Alexandra Horowitz, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson (2012, 2016), comedian and writer Larry Charles ("Seinfeld"), Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman (2000), Ambassador Michael McFaul (2012-2014), economist Richard Wolff, director Kevin Greutert ("Saw VI"), model Liskula Cohen, actor Rodger Bumpass ("SpongeBob Squarepants"), Senator John Hickenlooper (2021-present), Senator Martin Heinrich (2013-present), Egyptologist Richard Parkinson, Rep. Eric Swalwell (2013-present), media entrepreneur Dan Abrams, actor R. J. Mitte ("Breaking Bad"), theoretical physicist Avi Loeb, biologist and genomics entrepreneur William Haseltine, comedian David Cross ("Scary Movie 2"), linguistics consultant Paul Frommer ("Avatar"), Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (2007-2015), computer engineer and Internet co-inventor Leonard Kleinrock and right-wing insurrectionist Roger Stone.

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