The chairman of the House panel investigating the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, says Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe real reason Biden is going to the COP26 climate summit Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 MORE should hand her email server over to an independent party.
Rep. Trey GowdyTrey GowdyTrey Gowdy sets goal of avoiding ideological echo chamber with Fox News show Fox News signs Trey Gowdy, Dan Bongino for new shows Pompeo rebukes Biden's new foreign policy MORE (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said Clinton shouldn’t get to decide which of her emails are private and which should be turned over.
“One thing that’s clear is that we don’t get to grade our own papers in life. We don’t get to call penalties on ourselves. She doesn’t get to determine what is a public record and what is a personal record. Someone else needs to do that.”
He also said an independent body should have the server to ensure that no official emails were deleted.
Gowdy said he doesn’t have the power to force Clinton to turn over the server but urged her to do so voluntarily.
“Frankly, we shouldn’t have to compel it. I think it’s eminently reasonable to ask someone to turn over this server to an independent, neutral third party,” he said Wednesday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“Not to the House of Representatives, turn it over to a retired judge, an archivist, an inspector general, so that we can have some assurance that the ‘we’ that separated the public from the private did a good job.”
Gowdy added that it's an “open constitutional question” as to whether the House of Representatives as a whole can compel her to hand over the server. While he said his committee is only interested in potentially deleted emails concerning the 2012 Benghazi attacks, other committees could be interested in other deleted emails that could have been considered public.
Clinton told reporters during a press conference Tuesday that she gave the State Department more than 30,000 emails from her personal email account that her team believed could have been considered official. She said that she deleted other emails that she and her advisers deemed personal.
That’s only increased the skepticism from Republicans, who fear she could have deleted important information along with those personal emails.
Clinton told reporters that she has “absolute confidence that everything that could be in any way connected to work is now in the possession of the State Department.” And she added that there had been no security breaches into the server, which was on property guarded by the Secret Service, and that she would not allow an outside party to examine the server to access the deleted emails.
Adrienne Watson, a spokeswoman with the pro-Clinton super PAC, bucked Gowdy's criticism of Clinton's record-keeping in a statement that defended the former secretary for going further than required to have her official emails released publicly.
"As Hillary Clinton made clear yesterday, under the law, it is up to each government employee to determine which emails are personal and which are work-related," Watson said by email.
"Hillary Clinton went above and beyond to ensure that the State Department was given all of her work-related emails, and to ensure that these emails will be made public."
Updated at 1:57 p.m.