The House panel could do its job “a whole lot quicker” if the administration and Clinton would cooperate more than they have so far, Boehner told reporters.
The chairman of the House select committee probing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s response to the Benghazi terror attacks signaled Wednesday that the release of a final report could slip to just months before the 2016 presidential election if the Obama administration delays producing documents and witnesses.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the Benghazi panel, denied Wednesday that the potential delay of the report was politically motivated.
“That assumes the report would be critical of [Clinton] and I don’t make that assumption because we’re still in the process of gathering facts,” he told Fox News’ “On The Record.” “If the report is not critical of her, then she would probably want it to come out closer to the election but it’s not going to come out in the middle of 2016.”
“I hope it doesn’t come out in 2016, period,” Gowdy continued. “I hope we are done before the end of the year and I say hope because there are certain variables that I cannot control.”
However, Hillary for America Campaign Chairman John Podesta thought otherwise. Podesta said in a statement Wednesday the delay was “solely about playing politics.”