Boehner calls for Clinton to 'actually cooperate' with Benghazi probe
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The House Select Committee on Benghazi could wrap up its work before 2016 if former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Top diplomat said request for specific probes in Ukraine was 'contrary' to US policy Feehery: What Republicans must do to adapt to political realignment MORE and other Obama administration officials "actually cooperate," Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFrom learning on his feet to policy director Is Congress retrievable? Boehner reveals portrait done by George W. Bush MORE said Wednesday.

The Ohio Republican was reacting to reports that Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Conway spars with Wallace on whether White House will cooperate with impeachment inquiry after formal vote Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' MORE (R-S.C.), chairman of the select committee, signaled that his panel likely would not complete its work and publish a report on its findings about the deadly 2012 attack in Libya until 2016 — in the throes of the presidential election.


“They could clean this up a whole lot quicker if the administration and former Secretary Clinton were in a position to actually cooperate with the committee and turn over the type of information that we’ve been seeking for some time,” Boehner told reporters at a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters.

“But the administration has made it virtually impossible to get to the facts surrounding Benghazi,” he added. “When we have the facts, we’ll have the report.”

Gowdy, whom Boehner appointed last year to lead the panel, had previously indicated he wanted to finish by the end of this year. But it now appears unlikely the committee could analyze the information and publish its findings and conclusions in a report before the end of 2015, a Gowdy spokesman told Bloomberg News.

"Factors beyond the committee’s control, including witness availability, compliance with documents requests, the granting of security clearances and accreditations — all of which are controlled by the  Executive branch — could continue to impact the timing of the inquiry’s conclusion," spokesman Jamal Ware told The Hill in an email.

There already have been multiple House and Senate probes into the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

The assault happened under Clinton’s watch as secretary of State, but Democrats have accused Republicans of trying to use the issue to bludgeon Clinton amid her run for the White House.