Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, called FBI Director James Comey to testify before his committee Wednesday for a hearing on the Hillary Clinton email investigation that yielded no criminal charges for the former secretary of state.
Chaffetz said Comey had accepted an invitation to testify before the panel at the hearing Thursday, where the inspectors general for the State Department and the intelligence community have also been invited to speak.
The pair of watchdogs made the initial recommendation to the FBI to open a criminal investigation after finding top secret emails on Clinton's server last summer.
"The fact pattern presented by Director Comey makes clear Secretary Clinton violated the law," Chaffetz said in a statement Wednesday.
The Utah Republican called Comey's refusal to recommend an indictment "surprising and confusing" given the findings the FBI director laid out at a press conference Tuesday, including the fact that Clinton and her aides had circulated 110 emails on an unsecured network that should have been considered classified at the time they were written.
Chaffetz is the second House chairman and the fourth congressional leader to press the Justice Department for answers about the disconnect between the case Comey laid out and the conclusion he drew from it.
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Sen. Charles Grassley, his Senate counterpart, and Sen. Ron Johnson have each pushed Comey and the Justice Department to account for the evidence that led investigators to clear Clinton of criminal wrongdoing.
In particular, congressional Republicans are looking to Comey for clarification on how the "extreme carelessness" described by the FBI director differs from the "gross negligence" that constitutes a violation of the law.
The Justice Department did not immediately return a request for comment about Comey's testimony.