House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) is interviewed by Brit Hume about the cover up and destruction of government documents by Hillary Clinton. He describes how shortly after the incident at Benghazi his committee “put a letter in place saying please preserve all your emails.” He does not state to whom that letter was sent but the logical assumption is that at least one of those recipients was Hillary Clinton. That letter was issued on September 20th of 2012.
On March 3rd of 2015, Rep Trey Gowdy (R-SC), as Chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi sent a preservation letter, presumably to Clinton as well. On the following day, March 4th, Gowdy issued a subpoena.
Chaffetz says, “On March 10th, just six days later, Hillary Clinton goes out in front of the press and says that she has preserved these things. But then you go to March 25th, which is just days later, after years of not producing these emails to Congress, on March 25th there’s a conference call.”
Chaffetz notes the participants in that call were a representative of Platte River Networks, David Kendall, Clinton’s lead attorney and Cheryl Mills, her former chief of staff and counsel. “Less than a week later, says Chaffetz, there’s a work order to destroy the documents and then suddenly the documents are destroyed. Now we know from the FBI there were federal records in there.”
Brit Hume asks if we know who asked for the destruction to be done, to which Chaffetz replies, “This is why our committee continues to investigate. We were shocked when Director Comey came before the committee and said that he did not look at anything that Hillary Clinton had said under oath. They’re doing an investigation of Hillary Clinton and they don’t look at what she said under oath?”
Chaffetz reminds Hume, “We have a duty and a responsibility to preserve these federal records and to make sure this never happens again and to hold people accountable.” Chaffetz runs down a list of avenues of action they plan to pursue, admitting that to this point Congress has been rather feckless.
That is a massive understatement, Congressman. While your at it, try to find out who gave those without security clearances access to highly sensitive secret documents, will you?
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