Gowdy repeated his call for Clinton to turn her server over to a third-party arbiter.
The chairman of the House panel investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, wants Hillary Clinton to testify “at least twice,” citing comments she made at her Tuesday news conference about her use of a private email account while secretary of State.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said in a statement following Clinton’s Tuesday press conference at the United Nations that she had “created more questions than answers.”
The first appearance “will be to clear up her role and resolve issues surrounding her exclusive use of personal email to conduct official business,” according to Gowdy. “This is necessary to establish our Committee has a complete record with respect to Secretary Clinton’s time in office.”
The select panel will then call her to appear again in a public hearing “to answer questions specifically regarding Libya and the Benghazi terrorist attacks that took the lives of our four brave fellow citizens,” he said.
Clinton defended her use of the private account while in President Obama’s Cabinet on the basis that it was a “convenience” that helped her avoid the use of two email devices.
“I have absolute confidence that anything that could be [in] any way connected to work is now in the possession of the State Department,” she said.
The press conference came after more than a week of controversy over her exclusive use of a personal email address while at State.
Gowdy said that there are “serious questions about the security of the system she employed from a national security standpoint, who authorized this exclusive use of personal email despite guidance to the contrary from both her State Department and the White House, who had access to the server from the time Secretary Clinton left office until the time — almost two years later — the State Department asked for these public records back, and who culled through the records to determine which were personal and which were public.”