Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will appear before Congress to answer questions relating to the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attacks in Libya that left Ambassador Chris Steven dead. Yet, this will be a one and done deal. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, requested that the former first lady appear twice before the committee to answer questions about Libya and her private email server. “Respectfully, there is no basis, logic, or precedent for such an unusual request,” wrote David Kendall, Clinton’s lawyer. He did say that Clinton “will stay as long as necessary to answer the Committee’s questions, but will not prolong the Committee’s efforts further by appearing on two separate occasions when one will suffice.”
On April 30, the Committee gained access to 4,000 pages of document from the State Department Benghazi Accountability Review Board. The Benghazi Committee continues to build the most comprehensive and complete record on what happened before, during and after the Benghazi terrorist attacks,” said Gowdy in a statement. “Contrary to those who said all had been asked and answered, the Benghazi Committee has shown there is more still for Congress to consider.”Copy of the letter via The Hill:
Those records took two years to be released to Congress via subpoena.
Fox News Congressional Correspondent Chad Pergram noted that the Clinton testimony could occur at an offsite location and a closed-door session. Rep. Gowdy has said would consider Mrs. Clinton's request, and that the sate for the appearance within the next couple of months.
Whoa > RT @davidjoachim: WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyer: Hillary Rodham Clinton agrees to testify to Congress on Benghazi later this month.— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) May 4, 2015
Possible Clinton appearance before #Benghazi Cmte could happen offsite. Could be a closed door session & not an open hrng.— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) May 4, 2015
Gowdy wanted Clinton to come on one occasion to hear about her private email server..and a second time to hear about #Benghazi itself.— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) May 4, 2015
#Benghazi chair Gowdy says it will take offer for Hillary Clinton to appear "into consideration."— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) May 4, 2015
Gowdy had said he wod announce timing of #Benghazi cmte mtg w/Hillary Clinton by mid May w/actual mtg by mid June.— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) May 4, 2015
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