Clinton Denies Being Subpoenaed; Investigators Release Subpoena
July 8, 2015 3:00 pm
Hillary Clinton told CNN on Tuesday that she was never personally subpoenaed. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.) says that is simply false, and on Wednesday he released the documentation proving it.
Clinton was personally subpoenaed as part of an investigation into the 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, according to a copy of the subpoena released by Gowdy’s office.
She was ordered to turn over emails to or from her personal email accounts, which she used to conduct official State Department business.
“The committee has issued several subpoenas, but I have not sought to make them public,” Gowdy said in a Wednesday statement. “I would not make this one public now, but after Secretary Clinton falsely claimed the committee did not subpoena her, I have no choice in order to correct the inaccuracy.”
Gowdy said the select committee investigating the Benghazi attacks drafted its subpoena “after learning the full extent of her unusual email arrangement with herself.”
Clinton conducted official business on two personal email accounts hosted on a “home-grown” server in her New York home.
“There was no law, there was no regulation, there was nothing that did not give me the full authority to decide how I was going to communicate,” she told CNN’s Brianna Keilar on Tuesday.
That is inaccurate, according to Daniel Metcalfe, who ran the Justice Department’s Office of Information Policy during the Bill Clinton administration.
“Anyone at [the National Archives and Records Administration] would have said you can’t use a personal email account for all of your official business,” Metcalfe told PolitiFact in March.
According to Gowdy, Clinton also skirted federal rules designed to preserve official documents and communications.
“Secretary Clinton had a statutory duty to preserve records from her entire time in office, and she had a legal duty to cooperate with and tell the truth to congressional investigators requesting her records going back to September of 2012,” he said in his statement.
“Yet despite direct congressional inquiry, she refused to inform the public of her unusual email arrangement.”
Other statements made by Clinton during her Tuesday interview have been called factually suspect.
A Clinton campaign spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.