Angered by the outcome of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email practices while she served as Secretary of State, Republicans have called FBI Director James Comey to Capitol Hill on Thursday, as he will go before the House Oversight Committee to answer questions about the Clinton probe.
“There are a lot of questions that have to be answered, and so we are going to be asking those questions,” said Speaker Paul Ryan, as he expressed outrage about the lack of charges against Clinton.
“We have seen nothing but stonewalling and dishonesty on this issue and that means there are a lot more questions that have to be answered,” Ryan told reporters.
“The fact pattern presented by Director Comey makes clear Secretary Clinton violated the law,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the Chairman of the Oversight Committee, as he announced the Thursday hearing with Comey.
“I hope Director Comey shows up,” said Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL). “The American people deserve a thorough explanation.”
The move to call in the FBI chief was immediately questioned by Clinton’s top campaign spokesman Brian Fallon, as he noted that Republicans in the House and Senate also are spending Thursday with Donald Trump.
Republicans also announced that the House Judiciary Committee will hold a regular oversight hearing next Tuesday with Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Lynch is certain to be asked about her tarmac meeting in Phoenix last week with former President Bill Clinton – while Lynch denied that the two talked about the investigation of his wife, even Lynch has admitted the meeting “cast a shadow” over the probe.
“No one is above the law and the American people need to know that federal law enforcement is taking this misconduct seriously,” said Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-VA).
But some conservatives questioned whether a hearing with the FBI chief would really do anything.