Benghazi panel member: Another Clinton aide could be deposed soon

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The House Select Committee on Benghazi will likely talk to Hillary Clinton’s longtime aide Huma Abedin in the near future, according to a panel member.
Appearing on the “Hugh Hewitt Show,” Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) suggested Abedin’s deposition would take place after the panel interviews Sidney Blumenthal, who was in Clinton’s inner circle when she led the State Department.
“I expect that it will be after, although I have not seen the schedule date for the appearance of either of them, yet,” Pompeo said.
{mosads}His comments came the day after the 12-member panel subpoenaed Blumenthal, demanding he appear before the select committee before June 3 to give a deposition.
Pompeo said he planned to be present for Blumenthal’s interview as well as a “number of other senior officials that are now in the queue that we’re beginning to find dates for and actually schedule.”
Earlier this month, panel chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) released an interim report on the panel’s investigation that said the panel wants to interview around at least 60 more current and former administration officials, including Abedin and other Clinton confidants like Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan.
Abedin is the vice chairwoman of Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Pompeo said members are prepping for upcoming interviews.
“We have all been working to develop lines of inquiry, questions that we want answered by some of the witnesses that have appeared already and given testimony, and we’ll do the same thing in the future,” he said.
He added that the select committee aims to “develop all of the facts surrounding the death of the four Americans on September 11th, 2012.”
Pompeo described that as a “broad scope” because “there are many questions about how it came to be that we found ourselves at a place with such inadequate security on that absolutely critical day. “
He predicted panel members would ask how people like Blumenthal “had access to the secretary of State in ways that others don’t, and how the information that they were providing to the State Department on a private email was developed and why it was presented in the way that it was.”
Appearing on the same show, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is expected to launch his own presidential bid soon, decried Clinton’s ethics surrounding the attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
“[W]e haven’t even gotten into this entire Benghazi issue. And as we peel back the layers of the onion, if you will, this becomes more and more rotten,” he said.
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