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Clinton’s Email Server Sought By House Benghazi Panel Chairman

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Clinton’s Email Server Sought By House Benghazi Panel Chairman

Speaker Boehner meets with Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who is to serve as chairman of the select committee to investigate the events surrounding the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi. (SpeakerBoehner/Flickr)

By Kathleen Miller, Bloomberg News (TNS)

WASHINGTON — The Republican chairman of a U.S. House panel investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks is asking former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to decide by April 3 whether to turn over her private email server to an outside arbiter.

Trey Gowdy of South Carolina said in a letter to Clinton’s lawyer that if she refuses, he will ask House Speaker John Boehner to “use the full powers of the House” to obtain the server.

Gowdy said in the letter dated March 19 that Clinton should give her email server to the State Department inspector general or another independent arbiter to decide which messages are work-related and which are personal.

Gowdy is examining the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The disclosure that Clinton used a private email address and a home server while secretary of state came as Clinton is preparing to announce whether she will seek the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

David Kendall, Clinton’s attorney, didn’t immediately respond to an email and phone call seeking comment about whether Clinton would comply with the request.

Her office said March 10 she gave 30,490 work-related emails to the State Department, which is reviewing them for public release. Another 32,830 emails, which Clinton said involved personal matters such as wedding planning or yoga routines, were deleted.

Gowdy’s letter to Kendall said he should respond by April 3 on whether Clinton will comply with the request.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican and chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has said he would prefer not to subpoena Clinton. His panel is also looking into the issue of her communications.

Gowdy’s committee has previously subpoenaed the State Department for materials and sent letters asking Internet service providers to preserve any records they may have on Benghazi.

Gowdy has said his panel lacks the authority to issue a subpoena for the Clinton server. He said March 15 on Fox News Sunday that the full House may need to go to court to get access to the server.
With assistance from Mark Drajem and Billy House in Washington.

Speaker Boehner meets with Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who is to serve as chairman of the select committee to investigate the events surrounding the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi. (SpeakerBoehner/Flickr)



  1. Lynda Groom March 20, 2015

    As folks in San Francisco used to say about Oakland ‘there’s no there there.’ At some point the GOP will have to let go and move on to the next distraction. Do they really believe that there is something new to be learned from the server history? If there was truly something nefarious contained therein it would have been removed long ago if they truly believe the administration was trying to hide valuable information. Of course that fact that the previous seven investigations were unable to find a smoking gun is proof enough for them of a cover up.

  2. Eleanore Whitaker March 21, 2015

    First of all, if Hillary Clinton EVER had any knowledge of the tens of thousands of emails Bush and Cheney destroyed to save Bush’s old man’s butt, NOW is the time for her to speak up.

    She knows that the GOP is not going to get away with forcing her to do something they deliberately ignored when Bush, Cheney, Walker, Jindal, Palin, Rick Scott and 65% of other GOP Senators and Congressman did the same.

    The GOP insists that because she was Secy of state, that makes ALL the difference. Yes…it may but so does being president of the US in January 2001 and shredding documents just to protect Bush’s daddy.

    If the GOP persists with this, they will be forced to open up the entire 8 Bush years of secrecy, including why Cheney and ONLY Cheney had the documents regarding the WMDs that never existed.

    It’s kind of funny when you think about it. Here is the GOP sitting on a powder keg they hoped would go away during the 8 Bush years and now, they are instigating another round of wasteful spending not unlike the $12 million they wasted on Whitewater.

    The ONLY reason these spiteful SOBs of the GOP are at Hillary is to remove her from running for office. Which is to really say, that the GOP believes women do not have a right to be president.

    If American women allow these GOP bulls and cows to get away with this while Cotton sends a letter to Iran without any respect for the president of the US, this is one time when the GOP will open up a can of worms they’ll regret. Hell hath no fury like Hillary when the GOP get up her nose. Out comes all of the Bush secrets…ready? set? Go….Hillary!

  3. j.martindale March 21, 2015

    What does Hillary have to hide? If she were really an honest politician, why wouldn’t she want her personal e-mails to her family and friends to be read by Senators Cruz and Rand? If she were an honest woman, why wouldn’t she want Representatives Gohmert and King to read her e-mails to political supporters about things like money raising for the Clinton foundation and her personal ambitions. If I were in her position, I would certainly want there to be a fishing expedition so that my political opponents can blow some innocent remark into a national scandal.

    1. Daniel Jones March 21, 2015

      J., the reason she wants her privacy is because Cruz and Rand are NOT honest.
      Now please don’t fall into that guilty unless proven innocent bushwah.

      1. j.martindale March 21, 2015

        I am sorry. I needed to label the snark.

    2. JPHALL March 21, 2015


  4. 1Zoe55 March 21, 2015

    What’s so discouraging is that this Gowdy jumps on the Benghazi bandwagon, totally forgetting (or so it seems to these southerners) about the more than 3,000 American men, women, and children murdered on 9-11 while President Bush and Cheney held office. We were posted to North Africa at the same time that religious fundamentalism was taking hold. There is no way that a contingent of Marines or, as in the Benghazi case, over thirty CIA operatives could have protected our Ambassador. Yes, these four deaths were tragic, but why the continued focus now? Investigate, Mr. Gowdy, how the warnings about possible 9-11attacks were ignored by the Bush Administration.

  5. Deskjet March 21, 2015

    This is just another political stunt by the GOP & Koch, it’s all about BIG MONEY POWER!!

  6. Grannysmovin March 21, 2015

    Who the hell is paying for these overdone offices? Who pays for their multiple offices in their home State? Perhaps the GOP should include in their budget, limits on the number of offices they have outside of D.C. and a decorating budget – paint, tasteful and comfortable furnitue, a couple pieces of reasonable artwork and some reasonable accents.

  7. fortunev March 21, 2015

    Good luck, asshat. You’re never gonna see shyte except your stupid face in the mirror.

  8. Insinnergy March 22, 2015

    Hahahahaha excellent work trying to make the GOP look relevant and intelligent during the umpteenth pointless Benghazi investigation.
    I bet he gets a bonus appointment if he keeps it rolling until 2016.
    By all means please continue. The fallout should be awesome.

  9. ottomatic March 23, 2015

    George W Bush (W stands for the original slick Willy) and Dick Cheney promised that the invasion of Iraq would cost 65 million dollars and we would welcomed as liberators the operation would take three months and there would be left a stable democratic ally. Many months later 4 American contractors were killed and hanged from a bridge in Falujah. Why wasn’t there an investigation in to these four killings?


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