Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, who heads the House Oversight Committee, announced that he and other Republicans in Congress will spend years continuing to investigate Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton if she is elected.
"It's a target-rich environment," Chaffetz told The Washington Post during an interview in Salt Lake City, Utah. "Even before we get to Day One, we've got two years' worth of material already lined up. She has four years of history at the State Department, and it ain't good."
If Clinton does win the election, she would enter the Oval Office with a high unfavorability rating. As of now, her average spread is -9.1 percent, with a 43.4 percent favorable score and 52.5 percent unfavorable score, according to averages compiled by Real Clear Politics.
"She's not getting a clean slate," Chaffetz told the Post. "It's not like the State Department was bending over backwards to help us understand what was going on. We've got document destruction. We've got their own rogue system. We've got classified information out the door. We've got their foundation doing who knows what. I mean, it took them four years just to release her schedule."
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Chaffetz withdrew his endorsement of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump after the release of tapes from 2005 in which Trump spoke about sexually assaulting and harassing women, which could cost him big in an election that many Republicans -- like Chaffetz -- were hoping would be an easy win for the GOP against a candidate as unpopular as Clinton.
"This should have been a slam dunk for the GOP," party consultant Frank Luntz told CBS on Oct. 23, according to the Post.
But some Democrats are blasting Clinton critics for furthering the party divide over efforts that they say waste taxpayer dollars, rather than coming together to support whoever wins the election.
"Republicans are pretending like they haven't been investigating Secretary Clinton for years ever since she announced that she was running for president, including everything from Benghazi to emails to the Clinton Foundation," said the Oversight Committee and the Select Committee on Benghazi's Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland in a statement. "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."