Benghazi committee Democrats to State: Release Clinton's emails
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Democrats on the House Select Committee on Benghazi want the State Department to prioritize the release of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPoll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona The Hill's Morning Report - Trump touts new immigration policy, backtracks on tax cuts Hickenlooper announces Senate bid MORE’s Benghazi-related emails as controversy swirls over her use of private email while secretary.


Democratic Reps. Elijah Cummings (Md.), Adam Smith (Wash.), Adam Schiff (Calif.), Linda Sánchez (Calif.) and Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) are asking the State Department in a letter to release any emails related to the attacks on the Benghazi diplomatic mission that killed four Americans in a hope to quell concerns.

“Since the Department has already produced approximately 850 pages of these documents to the Select Committee on Benghazi, we request that the Department begin its review for public release with this subset of 850 pages of Benghazi-related documents in order to make them available to the public first without waiting for the full review,” the letter says.

Cummings, the committee’s top Democrat, has gone to bat for Clinton while his GOP-controlled committee has subpoenaed her emails. He accused the committee of becoming a “surrogate for the Republican National Committee” after reports that the RNC had been fundraising off of the controversy. Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) later canceled an appearance at an RNC fundraiser.

Some Republicans have charged Clinton with potentially using the private email to hide unfavorable messages, and questioned whether Clinton turned over all of her emails related to Benghazi. Gowdy said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” last Sunday that there are “gaps of months, and months” in Clinton’s emails from her time at State.

The committee’s Democrats said in a statement on Sunday that they want all of Clinton’s emails released together, instead of Gowdy selectively releasing information.

Clinton’s only public comment on the situation has been a tweet saying she wants the State Department to release her emails. But she’s expected to address the controversy in a news conference Tuesday.