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4,000 pages of documents were delivered...
Rep. Trey Gowdy’s House Select Committee on Benghazi received a major boost on Thursday when 4,000 pages of documents were delivered to the committee.
While the South Carolina Republican refused to characterize the nature of the documents, which had been under subpoena by the committee for two years, the new batch of papers is said to include communications from the State Department’s Benghazi Accountability Review Board.
The Accountability Review Board, which was originally established while presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton was head of the State Department, conducted the first investigation into the 2012 Benghazi attacks. Those attacks killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
“The Benghazi Committee continues to build the most comprehensive and complete record on what happened before, during, and after the Benghazi terrorist attacks,” Gowdy said of his investigation.
“Contrary to those who said all had been asked and answered, the Benghazi Committee has shown there is more still for Congress to consider.
“The committee will provide the final, definitive accounting of what happened with regards to Benghazi, reaching conclusions based solely on facts,” he added. “Getting this production from State’s Benghazi (Accountability Review Board) is an important part of ensuring the committee has access to all the facts.”
He also commended the State Department for producing the videos.
“I appreciate the historic nature of State’s document production and recognize the importance of State’s response,” Gowdy said. “It is my desire to see similar breakthroughs reached on the committee’s outstanding document requests and subpoenas.
“If State will work with the committee, we can expedite the pace of the committee’s work,” Gowdy said.
The ranking Democrat on the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Elijah Cummings, used the occasion to slam Republicans for publicizing Hillary Clinton’s role in the scandal, noting that an anti-Hillary PAC was using the Benghazi investigation to solicit funds.
“This shameless new fundraising effort reveals just how closely intertwined the Benghazi Select Committee is with Republican political attacks against Hillary Clinton,” Rep. Cummings said. “Raising political cash off the deaths of four brave Americans is offensive and sickening, and Chairman Gowdy should put an end to it immediately.”