Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the House Committee on Benghazi, signaled in an interim report that the panel is not ready to question Clinton because it has not been given access to documents from her tenure as secretary. The South Carolina Republican previously asked Clinton to testify the week of May 18.
Politico reported that a hearing that week appears unlikely based on the language in the report. “The Committee will call Secretary Clinton to testify once it is satisfied that all the relevant information has been provided by both the State Department and her,” it stated.
In the report, Gowdy criticized the Obama administration for the slow pace of turning over documents to the panel. He noted that dozens of subpoena requests have not been answered — making it hard, Gowdy argued, to effectively question Clinton.
Gowdy said last month he wanted Clinton to answer questions at two public hearings starting the week of May 18 — an offer Clinton’s lawyer David Kendall rejected. Kendall told lawmakers earlier this week that Clinton only intended to appear before the panel one time.
Gowdy has not officially countered that request.
“The State Department has told the Committee that it cannot certify that it has turned over all documents responsive to the Committee’s request regarding the former Secretary’s emails. Absent access to the server that housed the former Secretary’s private emails, the Committee has no way to verify the assertions: (1) the former Secretary has produced the full universe of emails related to Benghazi and Libya; and (2) the server has been wiped clean and is currently void of any data that may reflect any email sent or received during her tenure as Secretary of State, including during the relevant time frame….,” the report said.
To date, there are 60 Obama administration officials that Gowdy and the committee want to interview.
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