Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, slammed remarks made by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday. Clinton addressed the media regarding her email addresses from the United Nations in New York.
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“Looking back, it would have been better for me to use two separate phones and two separate email accounts,” Clinton said Tuesday in New York. “I thought using one (mobile) device would be simpler. Obviously, it hasn’t worked out that way.”
The former first lady said she went “above and beyond” compliance requirements with regard to disclosing her emails, an assertion Gowdy rejected in a press release:
Without access to Secretary Clinton’s personal server, there is no way for the State Department to know it has acquired all documents that should be made public, and given State’s delay in disclosing the fact Secretary Clinton exclusively used personal email to conduct State business, there is no way to accept State’s or Secretary Clinton’s certification she has turned over all documents that rightfully belong to the American people.
That is why I see no choice but for Secretary Clinton to turn her server over to a neutral, detached third-party arbiter who can determine which documents should be public and which should remain private. Secretary Clinton alone created this predicament, but she alone does not get to determine its outcome.
These public records at issue are broader than Libya and broader than Benghazi. The Secretary of State has enormous responsibility and jurisdiction and the public, the media and Congress have a legal right to access these public records without impediment.
The South Carolina Congressman also said Clinton needs to be called to testify in front of his committee not once, but twice.
The first appearance will be to clear up her role and resolve issues surrounding her exclusive use of personal email to conduct official business. This is necessary to establish our Committee has a complete record with respect to Secretary Clinton’s time in office.
Our committee will then call her to appear before the Committee in a public hearing to answer questions specifically regarding Libya and the Benghazi terrorist attacks that took the lives of our four brave fellow citizens.