Hillary Clinton’s stunning loss in the presidential election will not stop House Republicans from continuing their investigations into the former secretary of state’s email use.
“It would be totally remiss of us to dismiss [the email investigation] because she’s not going to be president,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the chair of the House Oversight Committee, told the Washington Post on Wednesday.
“I still have a duty and obligation to get to the truth about one of the largest breaches of security at the State Department,” he added. “Tens of thousands of documents still have not been turned over to Congress.”
Chaffetz told the Washington Post that he does not anticipate calling Clinton herself before the committee, but he said he would like to conduct transcribed interviews with State Department staffers.
The congressman said he did not want to wait for the State Department to fulfill open-records requests for some of Clinton’s emails and said he thinks “a Trump administration would be cooperative in getting these floodgates to open as they should.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the highest ranking Democrat on the Oversight Committee, said that Republicans should end their nonstop investigations into Clinton as the nation attempts to heal following the election.
“It is extremely disappointing that Chairman Chaffetz plans to continue investigating Secretary Clinton for years to come,” he said in a statement to the Post. “After everything our country has just been through—and particularly given that Donald Trump and Paul Ryan have both called for healing our nation’s divisions—I think the American people deserve more from Congress than to continue squandering taxpayer dollars on these baseless Republican accusations and partisan attacks.”