In a dramatic moment during a House hearing on Monday, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz slapped an FBI official with a subpoena for all documents related to the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
“Will the FBI provide to Congress the full file with no redactions of personal identifiable information?” Chaffetz asked Jason Herring, the FBI’s acting assistant director of legislative affairs, during a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing.
“I cannot make that commitment sitting here today,” Herring said.
Chaffetz has sought all of the records related to the FBI’s Clinton email investigation, including all interview notes, which are referred to as 302s. Earlier this month, the FBI released a heavily-redacted report of its conclusions from the investigation.
The bureau also released Hillary Clinton’s 302 to the public. It gave Congress 302s from other witness interviews, but not all of them.
Chaffetz has taken issue with that withholding as well as the FBI’s decision to redact unclassified personally identifiable information in its report.
“I’m going to issue a subpoena, and I’m going to do it right now,” Chaffetz said to Herring after being told that he could not commit to handing over all of the documents.
“I’ve signed this subpoena. We want all the 302s, and we would like the full file.”
“You can accept service on behalf of the FBI?” Chaffetz asked, as an aide sitting behind him on the dais was seen leaving to server Herring.
“Certainly,” the federal official said.
“You are hereby served. We have a duty and a responsibility. You can cite no precedent. Nothing in the Constitution. No legal precedent. You know this is important to us. You now have your subpoena. We would all like to see this information,” said Chaffetz.
Herring said that the FBI had planned to release other 302s as part of the Freedom of Information Act process.