Last week, the House Committee on Benghazi issued a court order for Hillary Clinton to hand over access to the custom-made email account she used to conduct her affairs as Secretary of State. Clinton has already turned over hundreds of emails to the committee, but they’re not enough, says Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of the Benghazi Committee.
Gowdy says that there are “gaps of months and months and months” in the emails provided to the committee, including on days when Clinton was documented using her BlackBerry.
“If you think to that iconic picture of her on a C-17 flying to Libya, she has sunglasses on—and she has her hand-held device in her hand—we have no emails from that day,” Gowdy said on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday. “In fact we have no emails from that trip.”
Two months ago, Clinton turned over 55,000 pages of emails over to the State Department, in compliance with Federal Records Act, but Gowdy says that more needs to be done.
“It’s not to up to Secretary Clinton to decide what’s public record and what’s not, and frankly, I’ve lost confidence in the State Department to make that determination,” Gowdy said. “They’re the ones who allowed this arrangement, they’re the ones who did nothing about this arrangement until they got a request from our committee.”
Clinton was Secretary of State when the U.S. American ambassador was murdered in terrorists in an attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012. Her handling of the affair has loomed over her presumed candidacy in the 2016 presidential election. Recent revelations that she exclusively used a private email account as Secretary of State, in violation of government guidelines, has threatened to derail her status as the default Democratic presidential nominee.
Gowdy says he believes that the subpoena will turn up emails related to Libya that the committee has not seen before.
“It strains credibility to believe that if you’re on your way to Libya to discuss Libyan policy that there’s not a single document that has been turned over to Congress, so there are huge gaps,” Gowdy said.