Trey Gowdy Calls Out Hillary Over Subpoena Lie
By Guardian Web July 9, 2015 6:49 am
Hillary Clinton has been accused of lying about receiving a subpoena from the House select committee on Benghazi by the committee’s chair, Trey Gowdy.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Republican congressman accused the former secretary of state of making an “inaccurate claim” in an interview on Tuesday afternoon. In response to a question about the controversy surrounding her use of private email server while at the State Department, Clinton had told CNN’s Brianna Keilar: “I’ve never had a subpoena.”
Gowdy said: “The committee has issued several subpoenas, but I have not sought to make them public. I would not make this one public now, but after Secretary Clinton falsely claimed the committee did not subpoena her, I have no choice in order to correct the inaccuracy.”
Gowdy also posted a copy of the subpoena on the Benghazi committee’s website.
According to Gowdy, “the committee immediately subpoenaed Clinton personally after learning the full extent of her unusual email arrangement with herself, and would have done so earlier if the State Department or Clinton had been forthcoming that State did not maintain custody of her records and only Secretary Clinton herself had her records when Congress first requested them.”
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Although originally set up by Congress to investigate the response to the 11 September 2012 attack on the US consulate at Benghazi, the committee’s remit has since expanded to probe the controversy around Clinton’s use of a personal email address while serving as secretary of state. In her CNN interview, Clinton insisted that the issue was “being blown up with no basis in law or in fact” that she went “above and beyond” her legal obligations in cooperating with the committee.
A spokesman for the Clinton campaign did not immediately respond to a question about how the former secretary of state’s statement on Tuesday squared with Gowdy’s accusation.