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Gowdy: Hillary's 'Way of Doing Things Provided Incomplete Public Record'

By    |   Tuesday, 07 Jul 2015 09:06 PM

House Benghazi Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy Tuesday countered Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's assertions that everything she did on her private email server as Secretary of State was "permitted" — including wiping its contents clean after staff members turned over emails related to government business.

"Secretary Clinton had a statutory duty to preserve records from her time in office, she had a legal duty to cooperate and tell the truth with congressional investigators requesting her records," the South Carolina Republican said. "She was personally subpoenaed the moment the Benghazi committee became aware of her exclusive use of personal email and a server, and that the State Department was not the custodian of her official record."

In the interview with CNN, Clinton said that, "I didn't have to turn over anything.

"I chose to turn over 55,000 pages because I wanted to go above and beyond what was expected of me," she continued. "Because I knew the vast majority of everything that was official already was in the State Department system."

But Gowdy countered: "For more than two years, Clinton never availed herself of the opportunity, even in response to a direct congressional inquiry, to inform the public of her unusual email arrangement designed to evade public transparency.

"The State Department, which should have informed congressional investigators years ago, failed to do so either," he added. "The fact of the matter is that it took the Benghazi committee to uncover Secretary Clinton’s use of personal email and a server to conduct official State Department business," he added.

"And it was Benghazi committee's inquiries that led the State Department to confirm that Clinton failed to turn over all emails that should be part of her public record; that Clinton’s personal emails and server in fact do contain classified information; that her emails from Sidney Blumenthal were solicited; and that she used more than one device for electronic communication, undercutting her 'convenience' claim.

"With regards to Secretary Clinton’s claims today, the committee does not know why or when she chose to wipe clean her personal server, but we do know her way of doing things provided an incomplete public record," Gowdy said.

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the Benghazi panel's ranking Democrat, has slammed the investigation as merely a Republican effort to "drag out this taxpayer-funded search for anything they can use against Hillary Clinton, while their political arm raises campaign funds off the deaths of four Americans."

The inquiry into the 2012 deaths of four Americans has so far cost more than $3.7 million, while the Benghazi panel and has "yet to interview a single witness from the Department of Defense," Cummings said.

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House Benghazi Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy Tuesday countered Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's assertions that everything she did on her private email server as Secretary of State was "permitted" — including wiping its contents clean...
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