Gowdy Grants Hillary Subpoena Extension While Hillary Goes On Attack Over Women’s Issues

HIllary and GowdyThe House committee investigating Benghazi has given former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton two additional weeks to respond to a subpoena for all her communications related to Libya.

Clinton requested an extension until March 27 and Chairman Trey Gowdy granted it. The subpoenas were sent March 4 and were due back March 13.

“Chairman ‎Gowdy granted a reasonable extension because for him this is not about politics, it is about getting all relevant documents for the committee, a spokesman said.

House Republicans are moving forward with two probes into Clinton’s use of personal email to conduct official government business.

Gowdy will take the lead on gathering emails that relate to his investigation into the attack on the U.S. mission in Libya that killed four Americans.

Meanwhile, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz will continue his work to determine whether Clinton violated the law that requires official records to be preserved.

“The select committee will continue to take the lead in the effort to secure official records and emails from Secretary Clinton as it relates to [the] Benghazi investigation and [the House] Oversight and Government Reform Committee will continue to review the executive branch’s compliance with the Federal Records Act,” a Boehner spokesman said.

The comments came after Chaffetz, Gowdy and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce met with Boehner in the speaker’s office Monday afternoon.

The Republicans are demanding that Clinton “turn over her server to a neutral, third-party arbiter who can make an impartial determination of which emails are official and the property of the federal government.”

Clinton said last week that she will not turn over the server that housed her personal email. And she defended doing government business on a personal email account, saying it was more convenient.

Elsewhere Clinton criticized the Republican-led U.S. Congress on Monday in a pair of tweets, calling Capitol Hill fights over a key Obama administration nominee and a human trafficking bill a “trifecta against women.”

Clinton, who has not announced her candidacy for president in 2016 but is nonetheless seen as the Democratic front-runner, has made it clear that if she does run, women’s issues will be a central part of her campaign message.

She has highlighted the fact that women frequently get paid less than men for similar work, an issue that already appears to resonate with voters.

On Monday, she knocked Republican senators for failing to quickly confirm Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama’s choice for the next attorney general.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday that he would hold up Lynch’s nomination until Democrats stop blocking an unrelated anti-human trafficking bill. The bill is popular, but it includes anti-abortion provisions that Democrats say they cannot support.

In two Twitter posts, Clinton criticized the delay in confirming Lynch, who would be the first African-American woman to serve as attorney general, and said Congress was “playing politics with trafficking victims” and “threatening women’s health & rights.”

Congressional Republicans are already attacking Clinton under the assumption that she will be the Democrats’ nominee in 2016. Lawmakers want her to testify this spring about her email practices while she served as U.S. secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

 

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