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State Dept. Hands 1,600 Documents From Hillary Clinton's Office To Benghazi Committee


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The U.S. State Department Friday afternoon turned over 1,600 pages of never before seen documentation from the Office of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding the Benghazi terrorist attacks to the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

Sources from the Select Committee say it first asked for these records related to Benghazi and Libya nearly a year ago, and is the first to receive them now — four months after the hearing with former Secretary Clinton. In a court filing in response to a FOIA suit filed by the watch dog group “Judicial Watch”, dated January 8, 2016, the State Department claimed it only recently, "located additional sources of documents that originated within the Office of the Secretary that are reasonably likely to contain records responsive to Plaintiff’s request.”

The State Department defines the “Office of the Secretary” as being “comprised of the Secretary's Chief of Staff, the Counselor of the Department, Deputy Chief of Staff, the Secretary's secretary, the Executive Assistant, two special assistants, the Secretary's scheduler, staff assistant, and two personal assistants. This staff handles all of the day-to-day matters of the Secretary, including meetings at the Department, functions in Washington and throughout the country, and travel around the world.”

This latest revelation once again proves that the investigation into the terrorist attacks against the U.S. state Department Complex in Benghazi, Libya is not over and that Democrats who claim that the event has already been investigated in its entirety are just plain wrong. It also speaks to the professional and meticulous manner in which Rep. Gowdy has conducted this investigation and should give confidence to the American people that he will get to the bottom of what actually happened before, during, and after the terrorist attack in Benghazi – to include what role Hillary Clinton played in the Administration’s failures.

According to the Select Committee, the State Department has still not turned over other records it has been requesting for more than year. The fact that the Obama Administration has withheld these records until this time, and is still withholding more, is suspect given the timing of the U.S. presidential election. What else is the Obama administration hiding from the committee and the American people?

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