Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, who currently leads the U.S. House of Representatives panel on the 2012 terrorist attacks occurring in Benghazi, Libya which left four Americans dead, criticized the Obama administration and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for not cooperating with the investigation.
In the report, Gowdy explains that the committee received numerous pieces of new information that had never been provided to the House by the President or any top ranking member of government. Gowdy also discusses the roadblocks that the White House placed in front of the committee.
“The Committee, however, faces obstacles and frustrations," Gowdy wrote in the report. "It is difficult to conduct a fact-centric congressional investigation when the Administration impedes the Committee’s progress by repeatedly failing to answer the Committee’s requests or to provide information in a timely manner.
“The largest impediment to being able to write the final, definitive accounting of what happened before, during and after the terrorist attacks in Benghazi is the Executive Branch itself,” he continued.
The U.S. State Department, or more specifically former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were also discussed in the memo, largely for reportedly restricting access to important documents that the Committee was looking for.
“The State Department has over classified certain documents and information, which prevents the Committee from discussing the content in unclassified settings and complicates interviews, even in the absence of clearly stated classification guidance,” the report states.
Gowdy also expressed concern over the three month span between Clinton’s press conference when she revealed she had used her personal e-mail account to conduct government business and when Clinton’s team began cooperating with the Committee by sending the 30,000 e-mails requested by the House.
Rep. Gowdy has repeatedly called for Clinton to testify in front of the Committee on the matter; Clinton has agreed to testify once, not twice as Gowdy wanted, The Hill reported.
However, not everyone on the Committee agrees with the overall process of the probe.
“At every turn, the select committee comes up with a new excuse to further delay its work," Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland said. "Republicans are desperately trying to validate the $3 million in taxpayer funds they have spent over the past year, but they have nothing to show for it other than a partisan attack against Secretary Clinton and her campaign for president."
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