Will Rep. Trey Gowdy and Benghazi Select Committee Subpoena Hillary's Personal Emails?
The New York Times reported yesterday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have violated the law by exclusively using a personal email account to conduct State Department business and further that Clinton did not EVER have an official State Department email. It is required by the Federal Records Act that all government emails and records must be preserved. Clinton's aides did not take any action to preserve Hilary's private emails, the only record of her communications.
The New York Times also reported that Clinton's people sent over 55,000 emails and documents to the State Department only TWO MONTHS AGO to comply with federal record keeping laws.
It was only two months ago, in response to a new State Department effort to comply with federal record-keeping practices, that Mrs. Clinton’s advisers reviewed tens of thousands of pages of her personal emails and decided which ones to turn over to the State Department. All told, 55,000 pages of emails were given to the department. Mrs. Clinton stepped down from the secretary’s post in early 2013.
Just to reiterate: we were promised an investigation into what happened during the terror attack at Benghazi, where four Americans were slaughtered including our ambassador to Libya; there were numerous congressional hearings dealing with the fiasco; the American people had to fight to get a select committee to bring some muscle to the investigation; and at no point did anyone scratch their head and ask "Why aren't there any emails from Secretary of State Hilary Clinton amidst the documentation?"
A source on the Hill tells PJ Media that Rep. Trey Gowdy, as head of the Select Benghazi Committee, has the authority to subpoena the emails from the ISP of her [email protected] account. (Shout-out to WMAL's Chris Plante for the email nomenclature.)
No one can possibly take the word of Hilary Clinton's team that all appropriate emails were turned over to the State Department or turned over to any investigating authority since she has every reason to conceal what happened if she is culpable. Who else would possibly be trusted to make such a determination about evidence in an investigation? And if you are a lefty reading this and think this is not a big deal, just replace the name "Hilary Clinton" with the name "Dick Cheney" and let me know where you stand on the issue.
There is some precedent to subpoena Hilary's email. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) subpoenaed Attorney General Eric Holder's email when Issa was head of the Congressional Oversight Committee regarding an entirely different scandal, Fast and Furious. Holder refused to comply and was held in contempt of Congress. Issa subsequently filed charges to compel disclosure with the DC circuit court, which naturally has refused to take up the matter.
In this instance, the government isn't even in possession of the emails (well, perhaps the NSA is...) in question, so Gowdy ought to go directly to her email provider and get the emails from there to make certain the proper information has been turned over. Will he do it?