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Politico: Benghazi Probe Is 'Standoff' Between Gowdy, Clinton

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By    |   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 02:15 PM

Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have locked horns over when and how often Clinton will testify about events surrounding the 2012 terrorist attack in Libya, according to Politico.

Gowdy, Politico reports, has made multiple offers to Clinton to appear before the committee, both in public and in private, to answer questions on two subjects: what Clinton knew, and when, about the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic post that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens; and her exclusive use of a private, "nonofficial" email server during her four-year tenure as secretary of state.

Clinton has refused to appear more than once and insists that the single hearing will be public. Gowdy subsequently offered a compromise of two public hearings.

A former state and federal prosecutor, Gowdy says that "without assurances from the State Department" that his committee has been given all of the legally required documents pertaining to Clinton and Benghazi, he cannot properly question the former secretary.

"Aides on the committee have pointed to the committee’s discovery of Clinton’s private email as proof that it would be ineffective to have her appear, only to discover new evidence later," Politico reports.

Clinton has steadfastly insisted that she has turned over everything the law requires. She has also refused to allow an independent third party to review about 30,000 emails contained on her private server, operated out of her New York home and wiped clean when she left the post, arguing that they are "personal."

Gowdy told Newsmax in March that if Clinton does not voluntarily comply with the committee’s request, he will be forced to subpoena her.

The Wall Street Journal reported last month that Gowdy requested that Clinton appear before the committee the week of May 18 to answer questions about her email arrangement.

According to Politico, Clinton allies have accused Republicans of being on a "partisan witch hunt" to topple Clinton, the presumed Democratic nominee for president in 2016.

Paul Begala, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton, warned that Gowdy should be "mighty careful."

"Hillary has the facts on her side, and I suspect the last thing the Republicans truly want are the facts," Begala said.

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House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have locked horns over when and how often Clinton will testify about the events surrounding the 2012 terrorist attack in Libya, according to Politico.
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