Miffed Benghazi chairman: State gave me 'articles about Richard Gere'

Miffed Benghazi chairman: State gave me 'articles about Richard Gere'

The chairman of the House panel investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, on Friday ridiculed the State Department’s responses to requests for documents.

"It is still like pulling teeth to get the information,” Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyCongressional investigators make first evidence requests in Russia nuclear bribery case Dem demands documents from TSA after scathing security report Dems find an unlikely attack dog on Russia MORE (R-S.C.) told CNN on Friday.

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“But you know what we got last week? We got 3,600 pages, half of which were press clippings, including articles about Richard Gere,” he said.

“So if that is their idea of complying with congressional investigations, then we are going to be at this a long time.”

The State Department last week handed over 3,600 pages of fresh correspondence to the select committee.

The document trove included emails from Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations at the time of the deadly 2012 assault; Cheryl Mills, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonO’Malley tells Dems not to fear Trump FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show Pelosi blasts California Republicans for supporting tax bill MORE’s chief of staff; and former Clinton aide Jake Sullivan. The files were provided in response to a subpoena the GOP-controlled panel issued in March.

The delivery was the latest in a series of document dumps from the State Department to the House panel, as the committee continues its investigation of the deadly Benghazi assault, which killed four Americans when Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, was running the State Department.

In February, the State Department delivered 296 emails, or 850 pages, of emails related to Libya and the attacks from the private server Clinton used while at Foggy Bottom.

In May, the department turned over 1,200 pages of emails from one of Clinton’s top aides.

Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, has repeatedly chided the State Department for responding too slowly to the panel’s subpoena.

He recently announced that he’s called on Jon Finer, Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryTrump's dangerous Guantánamo fixation will fuel fire for terrorists Tech beefs up lobbying amid Russia scrutiny Overnight Tech: Senate Dems want FCC chief recused from Sinclair merger | Tech rallies on Capitol Hill for DACA | Facebook beefs up lobbying ranks MORE’s chief of staff, to appear before the panel to discuss the agency’s “total recalcitrance at allowing Congress to investigate” and that Kerry himself could be made to appear.

The timing for Finer’s testimony is unclear, as talks over Iran’s nuclear program continue overseas.