Representative Trey Gowdy demanded information about who withheld the emails pertaining to his investigation — whether it was Democrat Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton or the State Department — and further asked whether the intelligence contained in the emails was indeed “unsolicited” as claimed by Clinton.
The United States House of Representative Select Committee, probing on the Benghazi attack, released on June 22 the emails it obtained from Sidney Blumenthal and which correspondences pertained to the former State Secretary and now Democrat forerunner Hillary Clinton, according to the Select Committee press release.
The Committee’s panel clarified that the new emails were retrieved in connection with requests issued by the committee, but were not handed over by Clinton.
Blumenthal, according to the committee, “was recently deposed” after it was known that most of “Clinton’s public record on Libya and Benghazi” were related to emails sent by Blumenthal to the former state secretary.
“Once again the Benghazi Committee uncovers information that should already be part of the public record, but was not made available to the American people or congressional investigators,” Representative Trey Gowdy said.
He added that such emails ought to have been a component of the public records when former Secretary Clinton resigned. Also, according to Gowdy, the emails should at least be “included when the State Department released Clinton’s self-selected records on Libya.”
And because the emails are in the nature of supposedly being part of public records, Gowdy said the committee decided to make public the newest batch of the former State Secretary Clinton’s public records obtained by the committee.
“We established the fact Mr. Blumenthal did not author a single intelligence memo, but rather forwarded them on to the former Secretary. He did provide candid advice about political matters and assisted in messaging her belief that our policy in Libya was a glowing success,” Gowdy continued.
The press release also mentioned that the emails sparked new questions such as when the State Department went through Clintons’ emails —whether the undertaking was thorough and “whether Clinton’s self-selected record is complete.”
Gowdy said the committee found the “unvetted Libyan intelligence memos” odd as the State Department is equipped with “its own intelligence bureau” on top of the “all-source intelligence analysis initiated by the Defense Intelligence Agency and CIA.”