Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican who chairs the House select committee investigating the Benghazi attack, denied Sunday that the committee was created as a political weapon against former Secretary of State Clinton — and the record proves it.
Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” Gowdy also said that because of the “huge gaps” in the Clinton emails his committee has received so far, it’s impossible to say whether the former secretary of state had engaged in any wrongdoing.
“If you think back to that iconic photograph of her [Clinton] on that C-17 with that Blackberry in her hand, she’s on her way to Libya,” Gowdy told host Chris Wallace. “And there are no emails for weeks and weeks on either side of that trip, including the trip itself.”
During Clinton’s news conference Tuesday, where she admitted to deleting approximately 30,000 emails she deemed “personal,” she said her server “will remain private.”
Gowdy said having an “independent, neutral third party” go over Clinton’s emails and server to decide what should be part of the public would be better than a court fight over the issue of what is off limits.
But someone from outside the Clinton camp needs to make that call, he said.
“I just can’t trust her lawyers to make the determination that the public’s getting everything that they’re entitled to,” he said.
Gowdy also asserted that Clinton’s decision to resist having the server ispected is simply muddying up the waters and may require multiple appearances by the former secretary before his committee.
“She had an arrangement with herself as it relates to public records,” Gowdy told Wallace. “And that’s why we’re having this conversation.”
Finally, Gowdy denied Democrats’ claims that his committee was formed to stop a Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016.
“If you look back at the three hearings we have had so far, I have mentioned Hillary Clinton’s name a whopping zero times,” he said.
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