Benghazi Congress

House Republicans Troll the FBI for More Emailghazi Documents

The Select Solyndra IRS Committee to Investigate the Benghazi ACORN Birth Certificate Email Account may have concluded its business, but the House Oversight Committee is not quite done fucking that chicken.

Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz has subpoenaed the FBI for access to unredacted files from the department's investigation of the former secretary of state's email server.

Why were some files redacted? Because they contained personal information about private citizens.

[Assistant director Jason Herring] defended the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s decision to black out and withhold some material from lawmakers, citing personal information about people who were interviewed and aren’t public figures. Doing otherwise, he said, would risk "a chilling effect" that might discourage witnesses from cooperating with investigations.

"We’re not trying to play hide the ball with Congress," Herring said. "We don’t typically make our case files available."

Presumably, the idea here is that the unredacted files containing personal information about private citizens include the smoking gun that proves Hillary Clinton did Benghazi. Or something. And the FBI helped her cover it up?

It would be easy to forget what the point of all of this is, and even the GOP may not remember what it is they're investigating at this point, but this all started as an extension of the GOP's years-long investigation(s) of Benghazi. This is the same bullshit we've been dealing with for four fucking years.

The reason the investigation of the email server even became a thing is because they could not nail the Obama administration for any wrongdoing and Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee for president. That's it. This is a 4-year long, taxpayer funded exercise in opposition research.

We're 17 days away from a possible government shutdown and this is what Republicans are spending their time on. The Oversight Committee held a hearing on Emailghazi today at 10 a.m. and another yesterday at 5 p.m.

  • winsmith

    “From the group of 30,000 emails
    returned to the State Department in 2014, 110 emails in 52 email chains have
    been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the
    time they were sent or received,” Comey said. “Eight of those chains contained
    information that was top-secret at the time they were sent. Thirty-six of those
    chains contained secret information at the time, and eight contained
    confidential information at the time. That’s the lowest level of
    classification.”

    ‘NUFF SAID

  • waspuppet

    But remember, as we learned yesterday from the response to a question about Trump’s racist birtherism, something that happened FOUR WHOLE YEARS AGO isn’t relevant to today and you’re a big LUZER for bringing it up. This all makes perfect sense and does not AT ALL mean that Republicans hate America and want to smack it around if they can’t run it.

  • muselet

    “I get to see it all,” Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah said before issuing the subpoena to Jason Herring, the FBI’s acting assistant director for congressional affairs, during a committee hearing on Monday. “There is no legal reason why you should withhold any of this information from the United States Congress.”

    Translation: Jason Chaffetz wants to subpoena every individual interviewed by the FBI for no other reason than to publicize their names and drag them before the House Oversight Committee before 8 November.

    Chaffetz is a disgusting little creature, isn’t he?

    –alopecia

  • fry1laurie

    America: “The horse is dead.”
    Chaffetz: “Long live the horse!”

  • Ken Kohl

    No shit. This is another example of why the Republicans are incapable of actually governing. They can obstruct, like any temperamental adolescent, but actually govern… no.