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Loretta Lynch Can't Say Whether Anything is Illegal

The question is simple.  Is it legal or illegal to share classified information?  The top law enforcement official in America, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, just couldn't answer that question when asked.  

The phones in our office have been ringing off the hook since this clip aired.  No one is happy.  For more details about this hearing, see my interviews with Greta Van Susteren and Martha MacCallum.

FBI Director Comey Defends Decision not to Prosecute Clinton

One of my questions to Director Comey involved Hillary Clinton's sharing of classified information with unauthorized individuals.  Watch his response and see what you think.  See my letter to Dir. Comey requesting the complete FBI file here.  A follow-up letter with question to Dir. Comey signed by 200 Members can be found here.

For more clips from the Comey hearing, see my interviews with Fox's Bill O'Reilly, Showtime's The Circus, MSNBC's Morning Joe, and NBC's  The Today Show.

Requesting a Clinton Perjury Investigation

Incredibly, FBI Director Comey testified he did not investigate whether or not Hillary Clinton perjured herself when she testified before Congress.  He suggested a Congressional referral was required to investigate, Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and I submitted just such a referral.  I talked about it with Megyn Kelly:

Legislation Moved

As Congress prepares to adjourn for the summer district work period, we were able to move a lot of legislation forward.  Here are a few highlights:

FOIA Reform - improving access to government documents - Signed by the president
Postal Reform - bipartisan legislation to restore postal solvencyPassed through committee
Presidential Modernization Act - cutting the pensions of former presidents - On the president's desk
Separation of Powers Restoration Act - reducing power of federal agencies Passed the House
Mountain Accord - a blueprint for managing growth, recreation and conservation in the Central Wasatch canyonsIntroduced in the House
Shiras Moose Protection Act - managing moose and their predators at the state level - Introduced in the House
Ace Act - creates a mechanism for state trust land exchanges - Introduced in the House

Amendments Added to Interior Appropriations Bill:
Beefing up funding for EPA Inspector General
Defunding Law Enforcement Functions of BLM & Forest Service - see clip below
Funding San Juan County Dirt Bussing Routes

A week of hearings

Significant hearings this week in both the Oversight and Judiciary Committees.  Takeaways from each hearing can be found on the House Oversight Committee website and are hyperlinked below.  In addition to the questioning of FBI Director Comey in Oversight and Attorney General Lynch in Judiciary, we examined the following:

First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) (see opening statement below)
FDIC Application Process
Failing Obamacare Co-ops
Recalcitrant Countries:  Denying Visas to Countries that Refuse to Take BDeported Nationals
Firearms and Munitions at Risk: Examining Inadequate Safeguards

Benghazi Report Released

I appreciate the tireless efforts of Chairman Trey Gowdy and the Benghazi Select Committee to uncover the truth about the attacks in Benghazi and the resulting aftermath. It is disappointing the Obama Administration failed to cooperate with the Committee. Their lack of transparency disrupted and delayed the investigation at every turn.

Four Americans lost their lives in the attack. Their families and the American people deserve to know what really happened. Thanks to the good work of the Select Committee, important details about that tragic night are finally seeing the light of day.

Tweet of the Week

Introducing Mountain Accord legislation today after years of a locally driven process. Broad bi-partisan support.
11 Jul 2016

Recommended Reading

The Vote That Could Lead to Congress Finally Passing Postal Reform
, Gov Exec, July 16, 2016

The Numbers Don't Lie: Democrats Focused on Politics, Select Committee on Benghazi, July 1, 2016

Op-ed: Credit Chaffetz for his help in improving Freedom of Information Act, Salt Lake Tribune, July 8, 2016
Debunking 6 Myths About the First Amendment Defense Act, Daily Signal, July 12, 2016

Benghazi a consequence of misplaced priorities, not lack of funding, Daily Caller, June 17, 2013

As National Park Service confronts sexual harassment, this dysfunctional park is Exhibit A, Washington Post, July 2, 2016

Panel Wants Details on Political Appointees Who Burrow In to Career Jobs, Government Executive, July 5, 2016

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