Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is willing to testify about the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, and her private email use, her lawyer said Monday.
Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, a panel investigating the September 2012 terrorist attacks in Libya, requested that Clinton testify twice.
Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, told Gowdy via email that she would be present for only one session, noting that she has already testified for more than five hours before Congressional committees about the attack, which left four Americans dead while she was secretary of state.
Gowdy requested two separate hearings -- one about Benghazi, and another about Clinton’s use of private email. Kendall said Clinton would answer all questions in one session and that it wouldn’t be necessary for her to appear twice.
"Respectfully, there is no basis, logic or precedent for such an unusual request," Kendall wrote in his email. "The secretary is fully prepared to stay for the duration of the committee's questions on the day she appears.”
Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the top Democratic member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, backed Clinton’s decision.
"Chairman Gowdy should take 'yes' for an answer and finally schedule the hearing," Cummings said. "Dragging out this process further into the presidential election season sacrifices any chance that the American people will see it as serious or legitimate.”
Gowdy has not yet responded to Kendall's email, but committee spokesman Jamal Ware said it would be taken into consideration and a statement would be issued.
“The committee has consistently shown it is interested in getting the facts and doing so in a deliberate and diligent manner,” Ware said.