Benghazi committee says Hillary used multiple personal email accounts – Lauren French – POLITICO

Trey Gowdy (R-SC)

Trey Gowdy (R-SC)

The House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi will issue new requests to Hillary Clinton for emails from multiple personal accounts she used during her tenure as secretary of state.

Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told reporters on Tuesday that lawyers for the Benghazi Committee would be issuing the new requests – which he didn’t rule out could come in the form of subpoenas – to Clinton and her email providers in the coming weeks.

“It was not as if she had both an official and a private email account. She did not use personal email in addition to government email. She used personal email in lieu of government email,” Gowdy said. “And she had more than one private email account.”

“The State Department cannot certify that have produced all of former Secretary Clinton’s emails because they do not have all of former Secretary Clinton’s emails nor do they control access to them,” he said.

Gowdy’s committee in probing what happened on Sept. 11, 2012 at the Benghazi consulate where four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed by Islamic extremists. The panel has long-sought emails from Clinton’s Start Department tenure to understand how the Obama administration reacted to the security concerns before and after the attacks.

The committee, Gowdy said, has known since last summer that Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic Party’s 2016 nomination, used personal email addresses while serving as secretary. He said the committee has worked with Clinton advisers and the department to gain access to documents relating to the Benghazi attacks.

The New York Times first reported Monday night that Clinton used a personal email address for official State Department business – creating a potential violation of federal rules that mandate correspondences be retained.

The Federal Records Act requires government official keep copies of official correspondence on federal servers, which State Department employees failed to do with Clinton’s records. The New York Times reported that Clinton advisers began turning over those emails to the State Department two months ago.

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