In order for Americans to know the truth about what happened in Benghazi, all the evidence needs to be presented.
And yet, more than two years later, new information – like the existence of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email system and server – and new documents are just now being revealed:
The House committee investigating the fatal attacks in Benghazi, Libya announced Thursday that it had received 4,000 pages of new documents from the State Department.
Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said he received the documents and notes from the State Department Benghazi Accountability Review Board, which was created by the department after the attacks to examine the administration’s response.
It is the first time ARB documents have been turned over to Congress. The documents have not been reviewed by the other groups that investigated the 2012 attacks.
“The Benghazi Committee continues to build the most comprehensive and complete record on what happened before, during and after the Benghazi terrorist attacks,” Gowdy said. “Contrary to those who said all had been asked and answered, the Benghazi Committee has shown there is more still for Congress to consider. The committee will provide the final, definitive accounting of what happened with regards to Benghazi, reaching conclusions based solely on facts.”
The committee has received thousands of pages from the State Department and the Obama administration on its response to the attacks but is still waiting for additional documents and records requested or subpoenaed.
One of those requests is that the personal server former Secretary Clinton used to conduct official business be turned over for independent analysis. Her lawyers say the server is staying in her possession and her emails have all been deleted, but Speaker Boehner has continued to demand that a neutral third party be allowed to examine the server:
"They deleted all the Lois Lerner emails, but they keep finding them," Boehner told a group of conservative journalists Thursday afternoon. "You know, these things just don't go away. So I don't know where the server is, I don't know what condition it's in, I have no idea, but the American people deserve the facts. That's all. Just tell us what the facts are."
Boehner does not want the House itself to search Clinton's email system. "We have no interest in physically having the server," he explained. "We think the Inspector General at the State Department is the right entity to look at the server, determine what's private, what's public and what's mixed. They've got the ability to do that. … I just frankly think a third party is in a much better position to make this call than [the House of Representatives itself]."
Whatever happens, Boehner appears in no mood to back down on Benghazi. "[Hillary Clinton] doesn't have the right to decide what's public and what's private," he said. "The secretary can't continue to hide the truth from the American people."
The fact that documents requested years ago are just now being turned over is proof that President Obama and former Secretary Clinton have obstructed and delayed the Benghazi investigation. Why?