An interim progress report issued by the House Select Committee on Benghazi last week continued the uncertainty of a time-table for Hillary Clinton’s requested testimony and has pushed Congressional Democrats to accuse their Republican colleagues trying to sabotage the former Secretary of State’s presidential aspirations.
Specifically, the report stated that “the committee will call Secretary Clinton to testify once it is satisfied that all relevant information has been provided”, which could be a problem since most of her email correspondence at the State Department was stored on a private email server that has since been deleted.
Ranking Democrat on the Benghazi panel, Rep. Elijah Cummings, has been critical of the pace at which the panel has moved since the beginning of the year, saying that “at every turn, the Select Committee comes up with a new excuse to further delay its work.” He also said that the panel has come up with nothing “other than a partisan attack against Sec. Clinton and her campaign for president.”
Chairman of the panel, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), has criticized the Obama Administration for not responding to subpoena requests quickly enough, and claims that there are still “dozens” of congressional inquires that have yet to be answered by the State Department.
$3 million in public money has been spent on the Benghazi investigation so far, which has started just over a year ago. Congressional Republican insiders say a time-table on future panel hearings will be announced next week after the House and Senate return from recess.
In a letter to the former Secretary’s lawyer last month, Gowdy requested that Clinton testify in front of the panel regarding missing emails on May 18th, and then again in June for a follow-up on the Benghazi attacks. Ms. Clinton has said that she will only appear once in front of the investigative committee.