President-elect Donald Trump has said he will not instruct his attorney general to investigate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server, but Republicans in Congress are not so willing to let the former secretary of state’s crimes slide. In comments to reporters on Monday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said he would move forward with inquiries into Clinton’s wrongdoing.
“This was never a political targeting in the beginning, and just because there was a political election doesn’t mean it goes away,” Chaffetz said.
Chaffetz, who is the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the investigation was one of his top priorities for the new year. He said the State Department had been “terribly slow and inefficient” when it comes to releasing pertinent documents for congressional perusal.
“It was potentially one of the largest breaches in security in the history of the State Department. It cannot and should not be repeated ever again,” he said. “How is it that so much information was able to migrate out into the world? These are still open questions that we need to finish up so that they don’t happen again.”
Prior to November 8th, many Americans worried that by winning the presidential election, Hillary Clinton could essentially buy herself a get-out-of-jail-free card. Well, a second one – the first was provided by Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey.
But now it looks like losing the election will provide her with the same card.
This sends a bad message.
As eager as Trump may be to move on with the business of the country, Hillary’s crimes should not be swept under the rug. Yes, we’ve avoided the worst possible outcome, but that doesn’t mean she should be exonerated. Something went terribly wrong with the investigation into her use of the server, and it left a permanent stain on our federal justice system. If we simply let this dissolve into the sands of time, we’re leaving a precedent that will make it very hard to prosecute anyone who follows in Hillary’s footsteps.
Serious questions remain when it comes to Hillary’s motivations, the circle-the-wagons response from the State Department, the FBI investigation, and a number of characters who helped Hillary escape her rightful punishment. Republicans should not rest until these questions have been answered.