FBI Agent Subpoenaed In The Middle Of Congressional Testimony

This happened Monday, and it was about as fun as a congressional hearing can get.

At issue was the FBI’s notes from the “302” interview it did with Hillary Clinton, an interview which has come under a great deal of scrutiny since the FBI let out a redacted copy of those notes. There were a few interesting items in the redacted copy – most notably, as you’ve heard, that Clinton tried to assert she thought the “C” marking for “confidential” on some material she shared was part of some alphabetical-order system, that despite the legal requirement she be given training on handling classified information she said she hadn’t received any, and that she had multiple BlackBerry devices over her time as Secretary of State, some of which couldn’t be recovered because they’d been destroyed with a hammer.

So Congress wants the entire “302” interview notes, not just the 58 pages of redacted material.

And when Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the chair of the committee investigating the e-mail scandal, has an FBI agent testifying at the committee who attempts to play cute with his demands for the information, the Congressman is ready with his own bit of cuteness – a subpoena his aide serves on the FBI right there at the hearing… (Continue reading)


You can’t help but grin a little bit watching Mr. Chaffetz lay into this guy.

They fact that the FBI thinks that they are able to keep official information from the very group that’s been appointed to over-see all government agencies is quite comical.

I can’t think of a bigger power move than slinging a subpoena while in the middle of a hearing.


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