House GOPers Prepping for Long-Haul Clinton Probe
'We've got two years' worth of material already lined up': Rep. Jason Chaffetz
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2016 2:22 PM CDT
Rep. Jason Chaffetz is ready to helm "years" of investigations on Hillary Clinton.   (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

(Newser) – The good news for Hillary Clinton: Prominent House Republicans seem to be giving off vibes they've accepted the possibility she'll become president. The bad news for Clinton: Those same GOPers are gearing up for "years" of continued probes into Clinton's record should she win, the Washington Post reports. "Even before we get to Day One, we've got two years' worth of material already lined up," says Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who heads up the House Oversight Committee, calling a possible Clinton move into the White House a "target-rich environment." "She has four years of history at the State Department, and it ain't good." And this investigation blitz could be exactly what Clinton will face if and when she moves into the Oval Office—if Republicans retain control of the House on Election Day.

Issues that remain a thorn in Clinton's side from a GOP POV: Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation, and her email, among others. Chaffetz notes going up against an unpopular candidate like Trump has helped Clinton evade further look-sees, but that will change as of January if she's elected. "She's not getting a clean slate," he says. Speaker Paul Ryan agrees all hunts should go "where the evidence leads." But Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon says Chaffetz is circumventing "the public's clear desire for the two parties to work together" and prepping to blow taxpayer money on already probed issues. "It's no exaggeration to say that on the first day Secretary Clinton walks into the White House, Republicans will have already investigated her more than any other president in history," says Rep. Elijah Cummings, who's on the Oversight Committee and was on the Benghazi Select Committee.
 

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