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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the chair of the House Oversight Committee, has asked FBI Director James Comey to testify before the committee on Thursday to explain his decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of email servers.

Chaffetz told Fox News Wednesday morning that he spoke to Comey over the phone and via text message to set up a time for the FBI director to answer questions from House members. Comey said that he could testify on Thursday, prompting the House committee to set a hearing for Thursday at 10 a.m. ET, according to Chaffetz.

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Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey with questions about the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of private email servers.

"I am concerned that despite finding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acted with extreme carelessness and that evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, the FBI is not recommending criminal charges against Secretary Clinton," Goodlatte wrote in the letter.

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The Hillary Clinton campaign on Tuesday night criticized Donald Trump's comments about Saddam Hussein, calling out the Republican presidential candidate's tendency to praise "brutal strongmen."

"Donald Trump's praise for brutal strongmen seemingly knows no bounds. He has applauded the strength China showed in the Tiananmen Square massacre, offered admiration for Kim Jong Un's murderous consolidation of power in North Korea, and consistently lavished praise on Vladimir Putin," Jake Sullivan, a senior policy adviser to Clinton, said in a statement. "Tonight, Trump yet again lauded Saddam Hussein as a great killer of terrorists, noting with approval that he never bothered to read anyone their rights."

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday night called for a hearing on the FBI's findings regarding Hillary Clinton's used of a private email server during her time as secretary of state.

"We’re going to have hearings. Jason Chaffetz, Chairman of the Government Oversight Committee, is going to be calling up James Comey to ask questions. He didn't answer any questions with the press. And our judiciary committee has sent a number of questions," Ryan told Fox News' Megyn Kelly. "There are a lot of unanswered questions here."

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Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told reporters on Tuesday that he will meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the House sergeant-at-arms on Tuesday afternoon to discuss whether to launch a formal investigation into the sit-in demonstration staged by House Democrats at the end of June, according to the Washington Post.

McCarthy said that House Democrats "went beyond the rules" during the sit-in calling for votes on gun control legislation. The House was in recess for most of the sit-in, though House leaders managed to hold votes on a bill to address the Zika virus over the chants of protests from Democratic members of Congress.

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David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to President Obama, on Tuesday said that it's fair for Republicans to use FBI Director James Comey's comment that Hillary Clinton was "careless" with classified information against the former secretary of state during the presidential campaign.

"It is fair game for Republicans to question Hillary Clinton based on the words of the FBI director," Axelrod said on CNN shortly after Comey announced that the FBI does not recommend bringing charges against Clinton.

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