For those of our readers who haven’t yet had the pleasure of hearing Jason Chaffetz (R – Utah) absolutely obliterate Jason Herring, the FBI’s acting assistant director for congressional affairs, during a recent emergency hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government, might we suggest that you do so post haste. While there are several epic exchanges in the short 4 minute video, the best is the very end where Chaffetz literally serves Herring with a subpoena while he’s still on the stand.
Chaffetz: “You don’t get to decide what I get to see. I get to see it all. I was elected by some 800,000 people to come to Congress and see classified information. I was elected by my colleagues here to be the chairman of this committee. That’s the way our Constitution works. Will the FBI provide to Congress the full file with no redactions of personal identifiable information?”
Herring: “I cannot make that commitment sitting here today.”
Chaffetz: “Then I’m going to issue a subpoena and I’m going to do it right now. So let’s go. 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: “You are hereby served. We have a duty and a responsibility. You can sight 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.”