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House Threatens to Cut State Dept. Funds Over Benghazi Documents

By    |   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 12:24 PM

House Republicans may hold up some State Department funding in an effort to force more documents, including emails about the Benghazi attack from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to be released, The Hill reports.

Using "the power of the purse" is a possible tactic to force more cooperation and transparency, said Rep. Kay Granger of Texas, who chairs a subcommittee that oversees funding for the State Department.

She told The Hill that monies for some state programs could be held back "unless it relates to our own national security or our allies." But she was not be specific on where cuts would be made. Sources told The Hill embassy security would not be impacted.

House lawmakers are frustrated by the State Department's seeming unwillingness to be forthcoming as they investigate the 2012 embassy attack from al-Qaida-linked terrorists that left Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others dead.

Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination for 2016, has also urged her former employer to release the documents, the Washington Times reported.

A federal judge ordered the State Department on Tuesday to get moving on making more documents public, the Times said, calling it a "rebuke" of the department's earlier announcement that the Benghazi information — including 55,000 emails — was time-consuming and would not be released until January at the earliest.

Judge Rudolph Contreras "scoffed" at that notion and ordered the department to produce documents in rolling succession and to report back every two months on its progress, the Times said. He also told the State Department it had two weeks to set a deadline for when the Clinton email release would be completed.

Former Clinton White House aide Sidney Blumenthal was subpoenaed Tuesday to offer a deposition to the House committee on Benghazi, Fox News said, as progress has been stymied, leading to the funding cut proposal.

House lawmakers said they would do anything to move the investigation along, including using appropriations, The Hill said.

Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart of Florida called the appropriations process "the way we can get answers" from the administration, The Hill noted.

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House Republicans may hold up some State Department funding in an effort to force more documents, including emails about the Benghazi attack from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to be released, The Hill reports.
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