The GOP chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi said Sunday that his committee has not seen any evidence of criminal activity by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as it relates to her use of a private email account while she served at the State Department.
Trey Gowdy, appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” was asked directly by host Chris Wallace if Clinton had violated any laws with her private email account and server. Gowdy’s reply would seem to indicate that the committee is not seeking to pursue criminal charges against Mrs. Clinton:
?We haven’t seen any evidence of a crime.”
Wallace persisted, again asking if Gowdy thought Clinton had broken laws or even rules set in place by the Obama Administration. Gowdy again refused to implicate Clinton:
“I’m going to have to let smart lawyers decide if she complied with the law or not.?
But Gowdy remained adamant in suggesting that his committee should have access to all of Clinton’s emails as part of their investigation of the violent attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. The attack killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Gowdy said there are gaps in the emails turned over by Mrs. Clinton to the committee:
?Well, there are huge gaps. Chris, if you think back to that?iconic photograph of her on the C-17 with her blackberry in her hand, she’s on her way to Libya, and there are no emails for weeks and weeks on either side of that trip, including the trip itself.?Now, it may be that there’s a plausible explanation for that. But we’re going to have to ask her before we will know that.?
Then again, all of this “investigating” could be purely political, meant to damage Clinton because the GOP knows they cannot possibly beat her in 2016 if she decides to run for President. Gowdy has repeatedly denied that accusation.
On a more personal level, I’m wondering if anyone can explain to me exactly what is going on with Congressman Gowdy’s head and hair. To me, it looks somewhat like a partially shaved squirrel sitting atop an ostrich egg.
Gowdy also said his committee may have to seek a court order to view all of Clinton’s emails and to gain access to her email server:
?We may be forced to go to court to see what is in those emails.”
Or they could just admit there is no evidence of any wrongdoing by Clinton and save the taxpayers millions of dollars. But they aren’t going to do that as long as it looks like the former Secretary of State still has plans to run in 2016.