In the wake of a report from The New York Times this week that Hillary Clinton used a personal email account to conduct official business while serving as secretary of state under President Barack Obama, Rep. Trey Gowdy has taken action to bring those emails into the light.
The House Select Committee on Benghazi has issued a subpoena to Clinton demanding that she turn over all emails sent from personal accounts related to the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on a diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
“The Select Committee on Benghazi today issued subpoenas for all communications of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton related to Libya and to the State Department for other individuals who have information pertinent to the investigation,” a statement issued by the committee read.
“The Committee also has issued preservation letters to Internet firms informing them of their legal obligation to protect all relevant documents,” it added.
Gowdy had hinted earlier on Wednesday that such an action would be forthcoming soon.
During an interview, the South Carolina Republican told NBC News that the committee would resort to “legal recourse” to require Clinton to produce the emails.
There are some who will no doubt decry this action as unnecessary. In fact, we’re somewhat surprised that the ranking Democrat on the committee, Elijah Cummings, hasn’t already issued a statement deploring yet another subpoena.
But Clinton has had over two years to produce these emails for public scrutiny, and instead she failed to even reveal that she had used a private email account to conduct official State Department business — which is not surprising, given that she may very well be guilty of a federal offense.
Clearly, if she had any intention of voluntarily supplying her email to congressional investigators, she would have done so long before now.
There has of yet been no report of how long the mainstream media will continue to refer to Hillary Clinton as the presumed 2016 Democrat presidential nominee.
But we hope it’s a time period that can be measured in days. This subpoena might just help see to that.
—Courtesy of The Conservative Tribune