Conservatives were quick to sound the alarm yesterday after FBI Director James Comey announced he wouldn’t recommend an indictment for Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified emails while serving as Secretary of State.
But the saga is far from over, as Congress has geared up to take this fight to the next stage: Capitol Hill.
On Tuesday, multiple Republicans said they expected to hear from Comey, as Independent Journal Review reported. That was followed Tuesday evening by House Speaker Paul Ryan, who told Megyn Kelly he would be calling Comey to the Hill to explain his decision:
“Comey should give us all the publicly available information to see how and why they reached these conclusions … Jason Chaffetz, Chairman of the Oversight Committee, is going to be calling up James Comey to ask questions. He didn’t answer any questions with the press. And our judiciary committee has sent a number of questions. There are a lot of unanswered questions here, Megyn.”
Now, we’ve got a concrete development. Just a day after the FBI announced its decision on Hillary’s emails, the House Oversight Committee will be holding a hearing where Comey will testify on his decision.
That was quick: House Oversight chairman Jason Chaffetz has summoned director James Comey to testify on FBI's Clinton decision——tomorrow.
— J.C. Derrick (@jcderrick1) July 6, 2016
That’s right. Comey will be on Capitol Hill on Thursday, just two days after his statement.
In a statement from the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said:
“The FBI’s recommendation is surprising and confusing. The fact pattern presented by Director Comey makes clear Secretary Clinton violated the law. Individuals who intentionally skirt the law must be held accountable. Congress and the American people have a right to understand the depth and breadth of the FBI’s investigation.”
Republicans will have plenty of “questions” for Comey, as Chaffetz has said in the past. Now that Comey has nailed down numerous Clinton lies on the emails, it will be very intriguing to see how he’ll explain his decision not to indict.
We’ll find out on Thursday.