Former Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz was not impressed by the Sunday performance of Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein and his supposed assurance that he was going to crack down on leakers, saying “he comes with absolutely zero credibility on this. Remember last year when we had director Comey come before the Oversight Committee? I was the chairman, I asked him if he looked at Hillary Clinton, whether or not she told the truth under oath?”
Chaffetz continues, “He said he needed a request from Congress so myself and Bob Goodlatte, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, sent that request to the Department of Justice. It’s never been answered. So if they want to start, let’s start with Hillary Clinton and whether or not she lied under oath.”
And let’s also go back to the State Department, who had an open investigation, they reopened it July 7th of 2016, they never closed it. Nearly 300 people who were dealing in classified information in a non-secure setting, why didn’t they ever close that investigation? They need to answer those questions. So start with that. They come with zero credibility on this issue.”
Shannon Bream asks if perhaps some of that tripling of cases that the DOJ says they’ve made into leakers may be part of that. Chaffetz says he hopes so but adds, “Remember, these investigations [have been] going now more than a year. There comes a point where you actually have to answer these things.”
Chaffetz says, “Don’t tell us and do another press conference. Until you’ve got some people in handcuffs. This is classified information. It’s against the law to just leak it out and give it to whoever you want. You can’t do that.” He admits he had been waiting for action until the new administration took over but now it’s here.
He points out, “Now that you have, you know, the Deputy Attorney General coming to the microphone saying we’re going to hold everybody accountable no matter who they are, then prove it. Because there are people that are documented by the Inspector General’s Office, not the members of Congress, but the Inspector General’s Office who have pointed these people out specifically and they should be held accountable by the Department of Justice.”
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