Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said he lacks authority to subpoena the server of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton but that most experts believe the full House could do so.
“And I would think if you’re interested in national security breaches, and also the completeness of the public record, that you would want a neutral, detached arbiter as opposed to her own lawyer,” Mr. Gowdy, South Carolina Republican, told radio host Hugh Hewitt. “The lawyer’s obligation is to the client. I want someone with an obligation to my fellow citizens to say the public record is complete. I can’t just take her lawyer’s word for it.”
Mrs. Clinton’s private server has been wiped clean, and she deleted emails from a private account she set up and used as secretary of state that she deemed personal; she said last month that she turned over emails she determined were work-related to the State Department.
Her team has said she is not going to turn over the server to a third party and that she’s fully complied with the law.
Mr. Gowdy is trying to get Mrs. Clinton to appear before the committee to talk about her decision-making and said she’s never indicated that she would not come.
He said the witness list also includes people like Cheryl Mills, Mrs. Clinton’s former chief of staff, as well as the former secretary’s longtime aide Huma Abedin.
Democrats have said the GOP is using the committee as a political tool and point out that a handful of other committees have already investigated the Sept. 11, 2012, attack that claimed the lives of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens.
Mr. Gowdy said otherwise.
“We know this, that the mantra that seven previous committees have exhaustively looked at Benghazi is balderdash. I was at Langley yesterday, and we got a production of documents today that no other committee has looked at,” he said. “There are lots of things that exist that no other committee of Congress either had access to or asked for.”