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The State Department finally released documents on Friday that were requested by the Benghazi committee, but the more than one-year wait was deplorable to Rep. Trey Gowdy.
Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, slammed the State Department for its delay in responding to subpoenas issued in March and August of 2015, following the initial request by the Republican congressman in November 2014.
“It is deplorable that it took over a year for these records to be produced to our committee, and that our Democrat colleagues never lifted a finger to help us get them,” Gowdy said in a press release Friday.
More than 1,100 pages of documents were turned over to the committee which was established to investigate the 2012 terror attack at the U.S. embassy in Libya. For months, Gowdy has been battling with Democrats on the committee which is led by ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings.
“This investigation is about a terrorist attack that killed four Americans, and it could have been completed a lot sooner if the administration had not delayed and delayed and delayed at every turn,” said Gowdy.
According to the press release, the documents included emails from Jake Sullivan and Huma Abedin, aides to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as those from then-chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations at the time.
Gowdy complained that the committee was still waiting for some documents and even witnesses to be questioned and took a swipe at critics who had called for the committee to be dissolved.
“Shame on them and everyone else who has demanded this committee to give up before gathering all of the facts,” he said. “As soon as possible, we will release our report and interview transcripts so everyone can see the evidence for themselves, and I’m confident the value and fairness of our investigation will then be abundantly clear to everyone.”
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