Select House Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), sent an official letter to Hillary Clinton’s lawyer Thursday requesting her appearance before the Benghazi panel for two separate hearings. The first hearing will regard her use of a personal email server as secretary of state around May 15, and a second, on the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, will be held the following month.
The latter meeting, originally requested by Clinton and her fellow Democrats to be scheduled in November 2014, was ultimately rejected by Republicans. At that time, the committee only possessed eight of Clinton’s emails on the Benghazi situation. They now know that there exists more than 300 relevant emails.
The letter from the committee attached over 136 potential questions to be asked of Mrs. Clinton, most of which are related to her use of a personal email server that she used to conduct official state business.
At first, Rep. Gowdy wanted Clinton be interviewed about the email’s in a privately recorded session in order to avoid potential exposure of state secrets, but she declined. Her lawyer now says she will agree to a public hearing on the matter.
Democrats are accusing Gowdy of playing politics with the timing of the hearings. Clinton’s standing as the presumptive Democratic nominee for president in 2016 has raised red flags for the minority party in Congress. They see the Chairman’s 11 month delay for a request of relative State Department documents as a way of drawing out the potential negative press closer to primary season.
Elijiah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, has commented that Gowdy is moving at a “glacial pace,” in order to hurt Clinton politically. He went on to point out that “the Republicans’ multi-year search for evidence . . . has turned up nothing . . . to support claims that Secretary Clinton ordered a stand-down, approved an illicit weapons program, or any other wild allegation Republicans have made for years.”
In other words, Cummings thinks another Benghazi hearing is a waste of time. Mrs. Clinton probably feels the same, but she won’t getting her way this time around. Look for both hearings to be ultra politically-charged, and fact-digging/truth conveying to be a secondary priority for all involved.