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Chaffetz: Oversight Plans to Seek Different Version of Emails

MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

By    |   Monday, 22 Aug 2016 03:20 PM

A set of emails the FBI provided to the House Oversight Committee were "overly classified," Chairman Jason Chaffetz said Monday, and his committee plans to ask for a different version of the documents that can be released to the public.

"Hillary Clinton is out there saying there's not very much sensitive information in there, that she didn't trade in sensitive classified information," the Utah GOP representative told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "It's so sensitive and so classified that even I as the chairman of the Oversight Committee don't have the high level of clearance to see what's in those materials."

Chaffetz said his committee will seek a version of the emails "where there's non-classified, the unclassified material and the classified material redacted, so that that can be out there in the public."

There is new information involved in the documents he said, but "a lot of this that they claim is classified is just flat-out embarrassing."

Chaffetz told the show he discovered on Sunday night that when the FBI was asked to provide a second copy of the documents, in a classified settings, the items were different.

"When you turn them page by page, they're different," he said. "I don't know why that happened."

But, he told the program that much of what was claimed to be classified should not have been classified, as "it's a lot of immature name-calling, stuff like that."

He insisted he was not accusing the FBI of protecting the Democratic nominee, but by definition, the documents should be the same.

"I think they should do it sooner rather than later," Chaffetz said. "Under the Freedom of Information Act, it will be released anyway. We're not asking to release anything they wouldn't do otherwise because it's non-classified material."

Later in the morning, Chaffetz told Fox News' "Outnumbered" program that he was surprised that the FBI had redacted as much as they had, considering Clinton said she never exchanged emails with classified information in them. Further, he pushed for Clinton to be investigated for perjury.

"If somebody comes and testifies before Congress and they give false, misleading statements, that is against the law," he said.

"According to The Washington Post, there are 15,000 additional emails nobody ever heard of. She created this mess," Chaffetz said, and then her spokesperson tried to blame the private server on former Secretary Colin Powell.

"She created this convenient experiment with herself," said Chaffetz. "It was the Inspector General who made the criminal referral to the FBI to start this criminal probe. So there it is."

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A set of emails the FBI provided to the House Oversight Committee were "overly classified," Chairman Jason Chaffetz said Monday, and his committee plans to ask for a different version of the documents that can be released to the public.
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