In a change of plan concerning his committee’s investigation of the Benghazi attack, Rep. Trey Gowdy is now asking Hillary Clinton to appear for two public hearings, not one public and one private as previously indicated. Politico reports that the Select Committee on Benghazi wants the former secretary of state to testify once about the 2012 attack on the U.S. compound and another time about her controversial email practices while the nation’s top diplomat.
“This is a departure from what Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy originally requested from the former secretary of state. The South Carolina Republican wanted a private, transcribed interview on Clinton’s email use and a public hearing on the terrorist attacks.”
Even though Gowdy has sent a formal letter asking for the pair of public appearances before the committee by the Democrat presidential candidate, there’s no indication they will, in fact, occur. Mrs. Clinton’s latest round of troubles centering on her alleged pay-to-play scheme of trading official favors for foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation may impact her decision whether to comply with Gowdy’s request.
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“The hearings, if they occur, would generate intense scrutiny on Clinton and the congressional Republicans questioning her. Democrats will be on watch for any overreach on the part of the panel’s seven GOP members.”
Speaking with Fox News‘ Greta Van Susteren, the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi said the panel’s final report could be released in 2016, just as the presidential race shifts into high gear. One reason for the timing of the report’s being made public, said Gowdy, could be Mrs. Clinton’s reluctance to testify openly and fully, as well as the Obama administration’s failure to cooperate with the committee’s probe.
House Speaker John Boehner says he may call for a full House vote to subpoena Mrs. Clinton’s personal server on which she claims all her emails, official and private, were managed and stored over the years she was secretary of state.
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