Classic Trey Gowdy cross-examination: Does President Obama have a private email server?

The State Department is taking Hillary Clinton’s word for it.

That was the message Wednesday when a State Department employee testified in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, telling lawmakers she relied on former Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton’s assurances that all relevant emails had been turned over, just as they do with all other employees.

“Like we do with other federal employees we have to depend on them to provide that information to us,” Chief State Department Freedom of Information Act Officer Joyce Barr said.

Rep. Trey Gowdy pounced.

Gently, but with assurance of what the answers would be, the South Carolina Republican led Barr through questions to show no other high-ranking official in the Obama administration  was in a position to provide such assurances.

“Well, you mentioned other federal employees which got me wondering… Attorney General Holder — did he have his own server?” Gowdy asked.

Her answer was no.

“How about new Attorney General Lynch? Does she have a personal server?”

No again.

“What about President Obama — is there any indication — because if you’re going to pursue the theory of convenience, I can’t really imagine a busier person on the globe than President Obama,” Gowdy said, recalling Clinton’s excuse that she used a private server as a matter of convenience. “Did he have his own personal server?”

Barr said she had no direct knowledge of the president’s email arrangements.

Then Gowdy got to the point.

“Because of this arrangement that Secretary Clinton had with herself, you’re not in a position to do it the same as you would with any other public official because Vice President Biden and President Obama don’t have their personal attorneys going through their emails to decide what to return and what not to return,” he explained.

He suggested having the State Department inspector general sift through everything to determine what emails are private and what are official.

You have been put in the position of having to take a lawyer’s word that you have all the public records. And perhaps it’s just the cynicism of actually being a lawyer — I’m just wondering who with the fiduciary duty to the public can make sure that the public record is complete. Instead of the former secretary hiring an attorney to do it, why can’t the attorney that works for all of us — why can’t the inspector general do it?

“I really can’t speculate on that,” Barr said.

“Well, I’m out of time, hopefully we can get some more time and we can speculate together,” Gowdy concluded.

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89 thoughts on “Classic Trey Gowdy cross-examination: Does President Obama have a private email server?

  1. Viva la Revolucion says:

    We’re doomed.

  2. R T Deco says:

    “Attorney General Holder — did he have his own server?” Gowdy asked.

    Was Gowdy asking about a computer or a fluff boy? With Holder, you’ve got to make these points absolutely clear, because it’s not obvious.

  3. libertyluvur says:

    I love Trey!!

  4. CoonOkie says:

    Gowdy is asking a lot of questions that seem to be awfully hard for any democrat to answer. And one question he asked, the one about Obama, I would like to know the answer to that one as well. The President needs to be required to use a government server not a private one.

  5. jaaaaay says:

    “I have no knowledge” pretty much says it all. If not, refer to ‘she said she had given us everything’….

  6. luciteehee says:

    If ANYONE thinks the idea of a “Private E-Mail Server” was exclusive to Hillary, their “BREAD ain’t done” and needs a few more hours in the oven! The entire Administration is on a private server! Connected to a main frame at NSA that cannot be penetrated! or hacked! This was “cooked up” before she relented to “stand down” from challenging him for the Presidency! His head honcho’s knew everything about her before he ever GOT into our White House! Between NSA and a few shovel-ready projects to dig up, she was “persuaded” to comply with their “offer”! What they did NOT count on was that her greed, thirst for power and WOW-wealth out-weighed theirs! Where THEIR goal was destroying America, she had bigger plans than destruction! “HER WEB” was built of stronger stuff, wider reaching, and tangled those caught in it much tighter! HE is afraid to MOVE not knowing what her next one will be! The World Leaders who knew HE couldn’t lead a horse to the creek (that he tried to impress), were/are NOT! They also know he has NO power! He “sold” that before he ever got into Politics! They can get much more from Hillary and already have! He’s a novice, she has a red hourglass on her back! NO comparison!

  7. ONLYJB1 says:

    Mr. Gowdy, that information has been legally sealed from the public and filled under the word TYRANNY!

  8. Veda Miller says:

    God is going to use this man to bring Obama down plus all the others on the special committee other than the Democrats

  9. lokiswife says:

    Love Trey Gowdy – a pit bull in the guise of a Southern gentleman – if he doesn’t get the information the first time around, he reframes the question and asks again with that piercing look. He doesn’t settle for BS answers, or ignoring the question, it is going to be fun to watch Hillary squirm like a worm on a hot rock when she has to answer to him….

  10. Harold T. Walters says:

    Sept. 11, 2001 is a
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    Ten years ago today, on Sept. 11, 2004 I lost
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    You, sir, have failed our veterans. You’ve let
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    Each of us have our own significant Sept. 11
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    I’m a veteran who’s witnessed the Iraq invasion
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    the oppressed Iraqi people.

    We lost roughly 4,400 American lives,
    returned home with roughly 30,000 physically wounded, and witnessed the death
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    proud of what we accomplished when we left Iraq, we helped create the only
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    My war wasn’t one you could learn about in a
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    keep controlled and out of the spotlight. My war was seeing the aftermath of so
    many ruined lives, destroyed bodies, and broken families while I lived at
    Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

    Imagine waking up in a hospital where chunks of
    people’s heads are blown off, limbs are missing, people can be heard moaning
    and screaming in pain, and families are crying daily.

    And even worse, warriors who made it back alive,
    only to die on the same ward that I was on. Those are the greatest sacrifices
    that were made, and those memories are why I become extremely upset with how
    this administration handled the exit strategy for the war in Iraq.

    When I see what’s going in Iraq now it makes me
    angry, not just because this administration lost everything we gained and
    worked so hard for. But because, every single warrior who lost their life, limb
    and every single family destroyed, was not even taken into account when
    President Barack Obama decided to pull out of Iraq. Furthermore, he did this
    against many of his top general’s advisement. This alone shows his inability to
    be a leader.

    I think we all know the real reason why
    President Obama wanted to pull out of Iraq so abruptly: He made a promise to
    have all troops gone from Iraq when he campaigned in 2008. He needed to make
    good on this promise if he was going to be elected again in 2012. instead of
    being a leader and rolling up his sleeves to get the Status of Forces Agreement
    completed at no cost, he sat back

    and allowed it to be used as an excuse.
    President Obama put his personal agenda first and shifted blame onto the Iraqi
    Government for not wanting us there.

    After we invested over $2 trillion into that
    country, we should be the ones calling the call, not them. Any real leader
    would have made that deal no matter what the cost and mustered up the courage
    to do what was right for our national security.

    Imagine waking up in a hospital where chunks of
    people’s heads are blown off, limbs are missing, people can be heard moaning
    and screaming in pain, and families are crying daily.

    And even worse, warriors who made it back alive,
    only to die on the same ward that I was on. Those are the greatest sacrifices
    that were made, and those memories are why I become extremely upset with how
    this administration handled the exit strategy for the war in Iraq.

    When I see what’s going in Iraq now it makes me
    angry, not just because this administration lost everything we gained and
    worked so hard for. But because, every single warrior who lost their life, limb
    and every single family destroyed, was not even taken into account when
    President Barack Obama decided to pull out of Iraq. Furthermore, he did this
    against many of his top general’s advisement. This alone shows his inability to
    be a leader.

    I think we all know the real reason why
    President Obama wanted to pull out of Iraq so abruptly: He made a promise to
    have all troops gone from Iraq when he campaigned in 2008. He needed to make
    good on this promise if he was going to be elected again in 2012.

    So instead of being a leader and rolling up his
    sleeves to get the Status of Forces Agreement completed at no cost, he sat back
    and allowed it to be used as an excuse. President Obama put his personal agenda
    first and shifted blame onto the Iraqi Government for not wanting us there.

    After we invested over $2 trillion into that
    country, we should be the ones calling the call, not them. Any real leader
    would have made that deal no matter what the cost and mustered up the courage
    to do what was right for our national security.

    In hindsight, all this has hinged on one action.
    You wanted to be re-elected in 2012, and you sir, wouldn’t let anything get in
    the way. I’ve seen things you could never imagine from men who placed their
    lives on the line to keep your daughters free. And how did you re-pay them? By stabbing
    them in the back, not once, but twice. Because after you destroyed our hard
    work in Iraq you failed to over haul our Department of Veterans Affairs and now
    we’re waging a new war against your incompetent corrupt bureaucrats. You, sir,
    have failed our veterans. You’ve let us down on every level. As warriors we’re
    used to having strong leaders who aren’t afraid to take action and do what’s
    right. We are the world’s most powerful force for a reason, and we deserve to
    have a commander in chief who respects us and leads us straight.

    You, sir, have failed as a commander in chief.”

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