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Jason Chaffetz Plans Hillary Clinton Email Probe

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House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz. (Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 04 Feb 2016 09:21 AM

Hillary Clinton could wind up the target of yet another congressional investigation.

House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz has already vowed to go ahead with his look into the federal government's record keeping and has received new information tossing the Democratic presidential candidate right in the middle of it, Politico reports, citing unnamed sources.

"The Oversight Committee has jurisdiction on the Federal Records Act, and we intend to pursue that," Chaffetz said, Politico reports.

"We also have jurisdiction on [the Freedom of Information Act], so if you're not providing emails, it begs the question of your compliance under FOIA. So, I'm not specifically trying to target the secretary, but when she creates her own private email system, she's ensnared herself."

"I'm trying to be as cautious as I can. I don't think we should be any harder on her, but I don't think we should be any easier on her. It's bigger and broader than just Hillary Clinton," he added.

Politico reports Speaker Paul Ryan has given Chaffetz the green light for his probe, though both he and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy are letting it be known the FBI and Justice Department should handle the investigation of Clinton's use of her private email server as secretary of state, Politico reports.

But Chaffetz is digging in, Politico reports.

"The FBI should pursue any violations and criminal allegations," Chaffetz said. "I would argue we also have jurisdictional prerogative on Federal Records Act and FOIA [matters]. We're being very cautious. I don't want to overstep, but we're also trying to move forward."

He also says the use of private emails to conduct government business is "bigger and broader than just problems at the State Department."

"They seem to be the worst offender, but you also have this problem at the Department of Defense," Chaffetz said. "Anybody who would use a non-government server to interact on government business is in violation. That's just been known for a long time, that is the law. [Clinton] is by no means the only violator.

"I'm still looking at it from 60,000 feet, and wondering who's violating it, how are they doing it and how do we get them to be in compliance. The inspectors general keep issuing reports, and we're not ignoring those."

The controversy swirling around Clinton's private server has intensified in the wake of the State Department's acknowledgment that 22 of her emails included "top secret" materials; the Department is now investigating the issue itself, Politico notes.

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