The House Science Committee Launched an Unsanctioned Investigation of Clinton’s Emails

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has been forced to scold the House Science and Technology Committee for launching an investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email account, but not for reasons that would make any sort of traditional sense.

McCarthy isn't upset because they've launched yet another pointless investigation. He's upset because that's Trey Gowdy's job.

House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) sent letters of inquiry to the security companies responsible for protecting Clinton's email server which is not within the committee's jurisdiction according to McCarthy.

The letters have caught McCarthy’s attention, who told reporters he believed those inquiries should have been purview of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)

“I have the same impression as you, that it would be Gowdy's jurisdiction,” McCarthy said Monday afternoon, when asked whether Gowdy’s panel should be overseeing the investigation.

Can we keep our witch hunts straight here? Investigating the email account clearly falls within the jurisdiction of the Select Solyndra IRS Committee to Investigate the Benghazi ACORN Birth Certificate.

Just because McCarthy says this is not the Science Committee's job doesn't mean Chairman Lamar Smith will stop. House Republicans don't exactly have a high opinion of Mister McCarthy.

None of them are going to stop. It's all Benghazi all the time between now and November and at that point in time we will have witnessed more than four years of "Benghazi!" which began before the attack was even over when Mitt Romney took the stage and used the ongoing attack as a prop.

How will the Science Committee find time for doing science-y things if they're too busy investigating an email account? Maybe it's actually for the best if they don't focus on science. Chairman Lamar Smith is a climate change denier.

  • Badgerite

    I have yet to see any actual harm shown by any email anything. What’s more, it violates basic concepts of law to claim criminality when for treating something as non classified when it was not classified at the time of the actions. It just defies rational standards.
    And further, I can think of a whole lot of more serious things for these jerks to be investigating.
    What happened in Flint, Michigan for starters and how it relates to possible infrastructure problems throughout the country. At some point, we have to invest in new infrastructure. It will only cost more the longer the country waits. I first heard Bill Clinton talk of this issue in the 1990s. You want to get people employed. Infrastructure. It will cost money. But if the alternative is drinking poisoned water, I think it is time to started a national program of infrastructure repair and replacement.
    Emails. Sheesh. Who cares.

  • Scopedog

    Damn….when it comes to Hillary’s e-mails, these guys are like f#@!ing Terminators–they can’t be bargained with, they can’t be reasoned with, and they will absolutely not stop, ever.

  • muselet

    “Cybersecurity” is a pretty thin thread to hang an investigation from, given that there’s no evidence of Hillary Clinton’s server being hacked during—or before or after—her tenure as Secretary of State, but Smith is determined to give it a try. Guess he was feeling left out of the orgy of hatred toward Hillary Clinton.

    I would suggest a member of a congressional committee should have some minimal knowledge in that committee’s jurisdiction, preferably before being assigned. Otherwise, we get the unedifying spectacle of nincompoops holding endless hearings about nonsense.

    (Speaking of nonsense, I’ve seen comments on the internet (yes, yes, I know) saying Hillary Clinton should have known those 22 emails would be classified at a later date—precisely how she was meant to know that is left unsaid—and so she’s guilty! guilty! GUILTY! of … well, something awful that disqualifies her from becoming President and which automatically gives control of the government to the Rs because Constitution.)


    • JMAshby

      As I keep saying, don’t you need a security breach before you can say it wasn’t secure?

      • If one more idiot tells me that hacking = an unsuccessful attempt to get into a server I’m going to scream. It doesn’t help that many article headlines say it was hacked but then in the bowels of the article admit the attempt was unsuccessful. There was no fucking breach.