The chairman of the House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, said Thursday that he can’t set a date for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton to testify before his panel because the State Department has been slow in producing needed documents.
In a letter Thursday to Secretary of State John Kerry, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., complained that the department has delayed providing emails and other documents involving Clinton, a former secretary of state.
“Simply put, the committee must have the records of communication requested more than six months ago before the secretary’s appearance can be scheduled,” Gowdy wrote.
The State Department pushed back, saying the department has provided 300 emails from Clinton, 19 witnesses and more than 40,000 pages of documents from the initial State Department investigation.
The Benghazi committee “doesn’t know how to take ‘yes’ for an answer,” said State Department spokesman Alec Gerlach.
Gowdy had initially called for Clinton to testify next week on the attacks that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, but he told Kerry that no longer appears possible.
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