House Benghazi Committee Subpoenas Hillary Clinton's Personal Emails

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A subpoena has been issued for the emails of Hillary Rodham Clinton by the House Committee investigating the Benghazi, Libya, attacks.

A personal email account was allegedly used by Clinton exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state, reports AP. There was also a computer email server being used that traced back to her family’s Chappaqua, New York, home.

The use of a private server would give Clinton a great deal of control over her message archives. It also complicates the State Department’s legal responsibilities in finding and turning over office emails for an investigation, lawsuit, or public records request.

The department would have to believe Clinton was surrendering everything she possibly could.

The House Committee has requested all emails that relate to the attacks that were sent using the personal account be turned over to them.

"The Select Committee on Benghazi today issued subpoenas for all communications of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton related to Libya and to the State Department for other individuals who have information pertinent to the investigation," the panel said in a statement. "The Committee also has issued preservation letters to internet firms informing them of their legal obligation to protect all relevant documents."

Panel chairman Trey Gowdy told NBC News in an interview Wednesday that the committee planned to use “legal recourse” to order the emails from Clinton herself.

Later that same day, the subpoenas were issued.

Clinton—who is considering a run for the White House in 2016—in a show that she has nothing to hide, tweeted a response to the growing controversy surrounding her email account Wednesday evening.

“I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible,” the tweet read from @HillaryClinton.

"We will undertake this review as quickly as possible; given the sheer volume of the document set, this review will take some time to complete," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in response.

Clinton’s use of a private email account to conduct official State Department business was uncovered last summer by Congress during its investigation of the Benghazi attacks on a U.S. mission that claimed four American lives.

"It doesn't matter if the server was in Foggy Bottom, Chappaqua or Bora Bora," House Speaker John Boehner said. "The Benghazi Select Committee needs to see all of these emails, because the American people deserve all of the facts."

Democrats have referred to it as a “fishing expedition.”

"Everything I've seen so far has led me to believe that this is an effort to go after Hillary Clinton, period," said Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the committee.

Sources: NBC News, AP / Photo Source: AP, phys.org