Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) of the House Select Committee on Benghazi speaks to reporters on the findings of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's personal emails on March 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.
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Gowdy: Hillary investigation isn’t about 2016

The Republican who launched an investigation into the deadly attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi after another Republican-led committee found no wrongdoing, swore his investigation had nothing to do with Hillary Clinton’s presumed 2016 candidacy. 

South Carolina’s Rep. Trey Gowdy, the Republican heading up the House Special Investigation Committee on Benghazi, has said he may subpoena Clinton’s personal emails from when she was secretary of state, because he doesn’t believe they’re all truly personal. 

“I have zero interest in looking at her personal emails,” he said. “But who gets to decide what’s personal and what’s public? And if it’s a mixed-use email, and lots of the emails we get in life are both personal and work, I just can’t trust her lawyers to make the determination that the public’s getting everything they’re entitled to.”

Gowdy said he hoped the public would pressure her to release the deleted emails that Clinton has said pertained to things like her daily yoga routine and her daughter’s wedding, not work. He also pushed back against Democrats’ complaints that his investigation was more about 2016 than the 2012 attack in Benghazi.

“If you look back at the three hearings we have had so far, I have mentioned Hillary Clinton’s name a whopping zero times,” Gowdy said. “We were interviewing witnesses that have nothing to do with Secretary Clinton when this story broke. So to the extent that Democrats are frustrated, they should talk to Secretary Clinton, not me.” 

California’s Rep. Adam Schiff, who also appeared on “Fox News Sunday,” didn’t mince words when he refuted Gowdy’s suggestions.

“They wanted to put off her testimony as far into the presidential cycle as possible,” he said. “The question is why are we handling this different? Is it because Secretary Clinton is running for president?”

He continued: “What does this have to do with Benghazi? And the answer is, absolutely nothing. This committee has long since departed from being a committee about Benghazi. It’s now a special investigation of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”

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Gowdy: Hillary investigation isn’t about 2016