Marking the one-year anniversary of its establishment, the House Benghazi Committee has released a new interim report outlining the progress it has made in its investigation thus far, and laying out the next steps in its effort to determine what happened before, during, and after the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.  Here are a few highlights from the report, courtesy of the committee:

  • “More than 20,000 pages of emails and documents never before released to Congress have been produced by the State Department.”
  • “The Committee has interviewed State Department and CIA personnel, including survivors of the Benghazi terrorist attacks who had never been interviewed by previous committees, as well as others who have been able to provide indispensable firsthand details of the U.S. presence in Benghazi, Libya.”
  • “The Committee has also held over two dozen classified and unclassified briefings with the Administration and Executive Branch agencies that have information relevant to the investigation.”
  • “These negotiations resulted in the State Department producing 15,000 pages of new documents to the Committee.  These productions were the first time:  (1) the State Department produced any email to or from former Secretary Clinton; and (2) the Committee became aware the former Secretary had used a private e-mail account to conduct official State Department business.”

While the committee’s work continues, the report notes that its progress is being impeded by the Obama administration’s continued stonewalling – including the State Department’s refusal to turn over all of the emails and documents requested by the committee:

  • “The committee has taken particular issue with the fact that the State Department has failed to release all of the requested emails and documents from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her staff relating to the Benghazi attack.” (Daily Caller)
  • “It also hammers the State Department for taking months to hand over material and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email account. ‘The fact that the secretary exclusively used and maintained a private email server, leaving her with sole and unfettered access to the complete universe of her emails, raises a number of transparency and accountability issues,’ wrote Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the panel’s chairman.  He repeated his demand for Clinton to turn the server over to a neutral third party.” (The Hill)
  • “[Gowdy] contended that ‘the greatest impediment to completing this investigation in a timely manner has been the level of cooperation by the executive branch.’” (Bloomberg)
  • “In the report, Gowdy criticized the Obama administration for the slow pace of turning over documents to the panel. He noted that dozens of subpoena requests have not been answered — making it hard, Gowdy argued, to effectively question Clinton. … ‘The State Department has told the Committee that it cannot certify that it has turned over all documents responsive to the Committee’s request regarding the former Secretary’s emails’...the report said.” (Politico)

To ensure the American people have all of the facts surrounding the terrorist attack in Benghazi that took the lives of four Americans, Speaker Boehner has repeatedly called on Secretary Clinton to turn over her email server to a neutral third party to determine what emails belong in the public domain.  With an additional 4,000 documents released just in the last month, it is clear that the committee’s work must, and will, continue until the families of those who were lost, and the American people, have the answers they deserve.