The Republican-led congressional panel investigating the 2012 attacks on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya, released a subpoena Wednesday that it had issued to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The select committee’s release came one day after Clinton, the presumed Democratic front-runner for president, said in her first national-television interview of the campaign that she “never had a subpoena.”
“I’ve never had a subpoena. There is — again, let’s take a deep breath here. Everything I did was permitted by law and regulation,” Clinton said in the CNN interview.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina) said he had “no choice” but to release the subpoena in response to her “inaccurate” claim. He said the committee issued the subpoena on March 4, after the committee learned of her use of a personal email and private server as secretary of state.
“The committee has issued several subpoenas, but I have not sought to make them public,” Gowdy said in a statement. “I would not make this one public now, but after Secretary Clinton falsely claimed the committee did not subpoena her, I have no choice in order to correct the inaccuracy.”
He added, “The committee immediately subpoenaed Clinton personally after learning the full extent of her unusual email arrangement with herself, and would have done so earlier if the State Department or Clinton had been forthcoming that State did not maintain custody of her records and only Secretary Clinton herself had her records when Congress first requested them.”
The select committee’s six-page subpoena requests all documents sent to and from her private email address between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2012.
Clinton said in the CNN interview that there was “no law” or regulation that did not give her “full authority” to decide how she wanted to communicate as secretary of state. But Gowdy said Clinton had a “statutory duty” to preserve records from her entire tenure as secretary of state. Clinton revealed in March that she deleted about 30,000 emails from her time in office, describing them as “personal” and saying she had “no reason to keep them.”
A Clinton spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.
You can see the full subpoena here.
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