Since winning the election, Donald Trump has indicated that he has little interest in moving forward with his campaign promise to pursue an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Trump, who said at one debate that he would instruct his Attorney General to appoint a special prosecutor to look into Clinton’s actions, has since changed his mind.
In an interview with the New York Times, Trump said, “It’s just not something that I feel strongly about.”
Supporters have been justifiably irritated by Trump’s sudden reversal and are now wondering if Clinton will ever be the subject of an objective investigation. Sure, it’s a relief that she won’t be president, but that doesn’t erase the facts. It certainly doesn’t erase the deep suspicion that her FBI investigation was derailed by corruption. Maybe a second investigation would only legitimize the first one. That’s fine. The American people want answers, not a political witch hunt. But to just…drop it? After all that was said?
Thankfully, House Republicans seem to understand the insanity of sweeping this mess under the carpet. In a Fox News interview Wednesday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said he was not about to let Hillary Clinton’s scandal fade into history.
“We can’t just simply let this go,” Chaffetz said. “If the president or president-elect wants to pardon Secretary Hillary Clinton for the good of the nation, that is their option. But I have a duty and an obligation to actually fix the problems that were made with Hillary Clinton.”
Chaffetz insisted that his motives were not partisan.
“A political election does not extinguish the need for transparency, truth and justice,” Chaffetz said. “We want to get to the truth. There are tens of thousands of documents the State Department still has not turned over to the United States Congress that should be available. There’s issues relating to the Department of Justice. I still think that the federal government needs to provide to Congress the records which we sought.”
This isn’t about throwing Hillary in the slammer. If we could have confidence in the FBI’s original investigation, this wouldn’t be an issue. But there were too many question marks. Too many unusual circumstances. Whether or not a congressional inquiry turns up any wrongdoing, it is a necessary step towards restoring the nation’s faith in the rule of law.