CAPITOL REPORT

This week, the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee conducted a public hearing delving into the policies and procedures the U.S. State Department employs for preserving federal records. Several former State Department witnesses from the time when Secretary Clinton headed the agency were ordered to testify as to what the polices were, if they were followed, and to Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Unfortunately, on the advice of their legal counsel, three of those witnesses refused to answer any questions, repeatedly asserting their 5th amendment constitutional right. Another witness refused to show up all together and the one witness who did testify in front of Congress on Tuesday admitted that he had access to Clinton’s private email server that transmitted classified information, but he had absolutely no security clearance whatsoever.

The three main IT specialists who assisted Secretary Clinton with her use of a private email server were the ones who refused to testify all together. The former senior Clinton advisor who did testify, admitted to taking a hammer to Clinton’s mobile devices once they were no longer of use instead of properly disposing of the information contained on those devices.

This hearing only continued to add to the current overwhelming evidence that Secretary Clinton broke State Department protocol, National Security protocol and very likely U.S. law in her use of a private email server for State Department business as well as the handling of classified information. In July, FBI Director James Comey held a press conference announcing that the FBI would not be recommending charges be filed against Clinton. This sparked outrage across the country and in response the House Oversight Committee requested that Director Comey testify before Members of the Committee and provide explanation justifying their decision.

FBI Director Comey’s testimony confirmed the truth behind the fact that Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information and put the safety of America in jeopardy. During the hearing, Comey admitted several times that Clinton lied to Congress and the American people. Comey confirmed that although Clinton stated to the American people that she has never sent or received classified emails on her private server, that in fact was false. Clinton claimed that the emails she received were not marked as classified at the time, Comey proved that this was false stating “three of those were classified at the time that they were sent or received; one at the secret level.” Further when asked if all of Secretary Clinton’s work emails were returned to the State Department, Comey replied, “No, we found thousands that were not returned.”

We expect more from the heads of our government and Secretary Clinton is no exception. I have called on FBI Director Comey to submit evidence and further information to Congress on his decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton for her misuse of private, government emails. The American people deserve to know the truth and I will continue to fight for truth and justice against Hillary Clinton’s unacceptable activities.

Those who break laws or put our national security in jeopardy should not escape consequences just because they are a powerful elite or in this case have the last name of Clinton. Americans deserve accountability for those who threaten our safety. We deserve better and I will continue to fight to get answers from Secretary Clinton and demand accountability for the omissions of information and lies she has delivered to the American people.

Jason Smith represents Missouri’s 8th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Contact him at 573-335-0101 or visit https://jasonsmith.house.gov

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