WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior House Republican has escalated the GOP’s battle with the FBI over its decision not to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email system.
During an evening congressional hearing, House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz served a top FBI official with a subpoena for the investigation’s full case file.
The move underscored mounting frustration within the GOP over what Republicans see as stonewalling by the FBI over the Clinton probe. Democrats insist the sole purpose of the hearings is to undermine Clinton’s bid for the presidency.
Chaffetz issued the subpoena to Jason Herring, the acting assistant director for congressional affairs. Herring and six other Obama administration officials said they could not answer questions from lawmakers in an open forum.
The committee later voted to hold the remainder of the hearing in closed session.