Pelosi: GOP will attack Clinton 'whether it's her emails or it's her hair'

Pelosi: GOP will attack Clinton 'whether it's her emails or it's her hair'
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The House minority leader said the push by GOP leaders — including Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) — to probe Clinton's email server as part of an investigation into the deadly 2012 attacks on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, is merely a political attempt to undermine the former secretary of State ahead of her expected run for the White House.   


“I have a concern — I have a concern that this isn't really about emails. It's about a partisan investigation by a select committee that has spent millions of dollars [and] produced nothing,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. “And I think we're going to just see the ongoing attempt to investigate Hillary Clinton, whatever the subject, whether it's her emails or it's her hair or whatever it happens to be.”

Clinton has come under intense scrutiny this month after The New York Times revealed that she used a personal email account throughout her time atop the State Department.

Democrats have largely defended Clinton, saying she broke no laws and has compensated for any lapses by turning over her work-related emails to the government.

But Republicans have pounced, saying Clinton's use of a personal account gave her too much power to decide which messages should be preserved for posterity. Clinton's revelation last week that she deleted more than 30,000 personal emails has only intensified the conservatives' criticism amid their investigation into the Benghazi attacks, which occurred while Clinton headed the State Department.

Boehner this week churned headlines when he urged Clinton to turn over her email server to a third-party investigator. The Speaker amplified that call on Thursday, singling out “a federal inspector general, a retired judge [or] a professional archivist” as potential arbiters.

“All of those choices would be eminently fair and reasonable,” Boehner said. “And we need the secretary to do the right thing here, so that we can get to the facts about what happened before, during and after an attack on our people.”

But Pelosi, who has long-supported a Clinton presidential run, said it's “a mistake” for the Benghazi committee “to continue a political investigation.”

“It seems to me a big waste of taxpayer money,” she said.

If the Republicans want a closer look at Clinton's server, Pelosi said, they should do the same with past secretaries of State.

“Hillary Clinton should not be treated any differently than any other secretary of State,” she said. “Let's see what other secretaries of State, what their practices, what the status is of their server, and maybe that would be an interesting contrast.”