Today, the House Benghazi Committee released its subpoena of Hillary Clinton. In a statement, the Committee explained that it issued the subpoena in March but had not made it public. Why now? According to committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina:
[quote]“I would not make this one public now, but after Secretary Clinton falsely claimed the committee did not subpoena her, I have no choice in order to correct the inaccuracy.”–Rep. Trey Gowdy[/quote]
Clinton’s subpoena statement came in an interview on CNN when asked about her unusual–and critics claim unlawful–email arrangement as secretary of state using a personal server and deleting thousands of records without making them available for independent review.
[quote]”I’ve never had a subpoena.”–Hillary Clinton[/quote]
“I’ve never had a subpoena,” said Clinton. “There is — again, let’s take a deep breath here. Everything I did was permitted by law and regulation. I had one device. When I mailed anybody in the government, it would go into the government system.”
Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill is quoted in the New York Times as saying Clinton meant that there was no subpoena for her records pending at the time she deleted tens of thousands of emails in fall of 2014.
“She was asked about her decision to not retain her personal emails after providing all those that were work-related, and the suggestion was made that a subpoena was pending at that time,” Merrill told the Times. “That was not accurate.”
The Benghazi Committee has learned that Hillary Clinton did not turn over some emails covered by longstanding congressional requests in its investigation.
In a statement today, Gowdy said, “The committee immediately subpoenaed Clinton personally after learning the full extent of her unusual email arrangement with herself, and would have done so earlier if the State Department or Clinton had been forthcoming that State did not maintain custody of her records and only Secretary Clinton herself had her records when Congress first requested them.”