The leader of the House panel examining the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, accused the Obama administration of dragging its feet and not cooperating, as he released an interim report on the committee’s first year of work.
The 15-page interim report by the House Select Committee on Benghazi, released Friday on the anniversary of the panel’s creation, devotes nearly three pages to “challenges to obtaining executive branch compliance.”
It also hammers the State Department for taking months to hand over material and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email account.
“The fact that the secretary exclusively used and maintained a private email server, leaving her with sole and unfettered access to the complete universe of her emails, raises a number of transparency and accountability issues,” wrote Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the panel’s chairman.
He repeated his demand for Clinton to turn the server over to a neutral third party.
The interim report is short on conclusions and comes as Gowdy seeks to win an agreement for Clinton to appear before the panel.
The Democratic White House front-runner this week confirmed through her attorney that she is willing to testify, but just once and not twice as Gowdy has requested.
Gowdy has yet to respond and likely won’t until next week, when House members return from their one-week recess.
Besides chastising the administration, the interim report lays out the panel’s next steps, including interviewing former and current White House and Pentagon officials, such as former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.