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Rep. Roskam: Hillary's Handling of Emails 'Difficult to Fathom'

By    |   Monday, 09 March 2015 11:09 AM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's decision to withhold emails from the select committee investigating the Benghazi terror attacks is nothing short of "incredible," according to Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam, a member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

"It's incredible to me, and that is the word to use," he said Monday during an appearance on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum," where he discussed the Clinton email scandal.

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"It's not a credible position to assert that they're cooperating and so forth, and that all the emails are out there or are upon us. This idea of having an exclusive use of a separate email account — and then to preserve those documents now to the point where the American people have to go to Hillary Clinton and ask her to release what are official records based on a manipulation at the front end by Mrs. Clinton — is just incredibly difficult to fathom."

The select committee's chairman, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" that "gaps of months and months exist" in the emails Clinton has turned over to the committee, something that is highly suspect.

In August, Clinton turned over eight emails to the select committee, Gowdy said, and 300 more in February. But she turned over nothing from the day she was captured in a photograph flying to Libya.
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"If you think to that iconic picture of her on a C-17 flying to Libya, sunglasses on, she has her handheld device in her hand, we have no emails from that day," Gowdy said. "In fact we have no emails from that trip."

The select committee learned last summer that Clinton used a private email account but just found out within the past couple of weeks that she used it for official business, according to Roskam.

"The Benghazi committee was tasked with doing three things," he said. "Find out what were the events leading up to it. What were the events around the Benghazi event. And what was it all about afterwards. Those three things.

"And Hillary Clinton stands between us and the truth, and it's incumbent that she remove herself from that trajectory and that she offer up these documents that even (Sen.) Dianne Feinstein recognizes are absolutely critical to the investigation and to find out the truth of what happened."

The select committee is already pursuing the necessary legal recourse to have the emails preserved and subpoenas issued, Roskam said.  

"Where this ends up going is that there's got to be some neutral arbiter that decides, could be a retired federal judge as Chairman Gowdy recommended, to go through these various emails," Roskam said, noting that the committee is not seeking Clinton's personal emails.

"We have no interest whatsoever (in personal correspondence). But the American public has an expectation that official records, and those are official records of a sitting secretary of state conducting official business, those are official records that should be offered up to the American public so they can know the truth of what happened at Benghazi, why four people were murdered, and how to avoid it ever happening again."

The issue of whether Clinton may have broken any laws will be left to others, he added.

"I'll leave it up to law enforcement and so forth to figure out what her vulnerability is, if anything, as it related to a violation of criminal law," Roskam said.

"Here's what I do know. I know she is in possession of documents that absolutely will lead to the truth about what happened at Benghazi, and I know that the American people have a right and an expectation that those are going to be forthcoming and that we play fair.

"And fair is to know the truth and we're going to pursue it to the best of our ability."

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