U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy is gunning for Hillary Clinton, and he claims to have bipartisan support.
The South Carolina Republican released a letter requesting that the former secretary of state appear before the House Select Committee on Benghazi to testify about the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the Libyan Consulate, according to BizPac Review.
“The majority and minority would like to schedule the appearance of Secretary Hillary Clinton as soon as possible,” Gowdy wrote.
“We also set a deadline for the production of emails, documents or other materials in the possession of the State Department, which would be needed to constructively ask questions of Secretary Clinton and serve as a reference for the secretary before and during the hearing.”
Rep. Trey Gowdy said that as early as April he plans to start interviewing a range of figures including former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and current Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, according to Fox News.
“I am announcing an ambitious timeline for interviews consistent with my plan to speed-up the pace of the investigation” Gowdy said in a statement. “I intend to stay with this schedule and will issue subpoenas if necessary.”
The interviews show the committee ramping up its investigation, which so far has focused on speaking with lower-profile individuals. Between February and April, the committee plans to interview Americans who survived the 2012 attacks, including State Department and CIA personnel.
Gowdy said in his letter the witnesses can “provide indispensable firsthand accounts of what happened before, during, and after the attacks.” After that, the committee will interview the higher-level administration officials.
Four Americans, including ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the 2012 attacks. The Obama administration has faced criticism for the security posture at the main compound in Benghazi, as well as for the response the night of the attack and the initial efforts to describe the attack as an out-of-control protest.
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