Thank you for contacting me regarding Benghazi Select Committee’s investigation into the Obama administration’s mishandling of the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. I too am alarmed at the ongoing obstruction and lack of transparency from President Obama and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and I appreciate this opportunity to respond.
In the 113th Congress, I supported H.RES. 567 to establish this Select Committee to fully investigate the attacks in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, believing that learning the truth about the events surrounding that night is crucial to prevent a reoccurrence of the terrible tragedy and hold those responsible for security failures accountable. The Committee began its work on May 2, 2014 under the leadership and guidance of Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC).
Contrary to Secretary Clinton and the Obama Administration’s claims, the Benghazi Select Committee has uncovered much about the attack and the events surrounding it that would have gone unknown without the committee’s investigation. Under the methodic and thorough direction of Chairman Gowdy the committee has reviewed 50,000 pages of documents never before given to Congress and interviewed dozens of key witnesses – including seven eyewitnesses. Additionally, in October of this year, the committee secured a commitment from the State Department to provide all Ambassador Stevens’ emails. This all despite the administration and State Department’s repeated failures to comply with the investigation and attempts to delay any cooperation.
Among information revealed during the investigation is Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email account and server to conduct official State Department business, something the State Department failed to share with the committee. Secretary Clinton has since claimed that she is incapable of turning the record of the emails over to the committee because the email server was deleted. Immediately following these revelations, the committee subpoenaed Secretary Clinton and demanded all email sent to and from the private account between Jan. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2012. Since that time the FBI has uncovered many disturbing details surrounding the management of this server including reservations by Clinton staffers over the security of the server and evidence that foreign attacks occurred on the accounts containing classified information.
Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal email account raises serious questions about the preservation of federal records as required by law during her service as well as the security of sensitive and classified information contained in those records. I have full confidence in Chairman Gowdy’s ability to conduct a thorough investigation with the utmost integrity and I support his ongoing efforts. I believe that we owe the families of the victims involved in this tragic event the due diligence of investigating this issue to its fullest limits to fully understand what occurred. I will continue to support Chairman Gowdy and the Select Committee in their search for these answers so we can ensure such a tragedy never happens again.
Thank you again for contacting me. As always, I look forward to your continued input on the major issues facing our state and nation.
Member of Congress