South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy, Chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, appeared on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” with Bob Schieffer on Sunday. He was questioned about Hillary Clinton’s emails and why they were so important.
One of the things he focused on were the “huge gaps” in the emails he has received related to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.
Here is a partial transcript of the CBS segment (Entire video appears at the end):
Bob Schieffer: “Are you going to release the emails that she has sent to your committee.”
Trey Gowdy: “Uh no sir not yet because we don’t have all of them and there’s a reason that serious investigations don’t leak, and I don’t like selective releases. We had eight emails, Bob last August. We didn’t release those. We got three hundred more emails totaling eight hundred pages in February – We haven’t released those. It’s frankly not fair to the secretary, not fair to your viewers or my fellow citizens to selectively release information. Now if she wants to release all of them with the emphasis being on the word all, she’s welcome to do that I can’t stop her from doing, but serious investigations don’t make selective releases.”
Bob Schieffer: Well let me make sure I understand why this is significant. And that is by, by using this private account on a private server, she could not only keep those emails from the reach of the government as I understand it, but she could delete the emails without anybody knowing it. So she has sent you some emails but are there any gaps in the emails you have received so far from her?”
Trey Gowdy: “Yes sir, there are gaps of months and months and months and if you, if you think to that iconic picture of her on, a C-17 flying to Libya, she had sunglasses on and she has her handheld device in her hand. We have no emails from that day, in fact we have no emails from that trip. So it’s strains credibility to believe that if you’re on your way to Libya to discuss the Libyan policy that there’s not a single document that’s been turned over to Congress. So there are huge gaps and, you know, with respect to the president. It’s not up to Secretary Clinton to decide what’s a public record, and what’s not. We need someone, and frankly, I’ve lost confidence in the State Department to make that determination. They’re the ones who allowed this arrangement, they’re the ones who did nothing about this arrangement until they got a request from out committee. I mean frankly, I think your viewers are entitled to a neutral, detached arbiter to determine what’s a public record, first of all, so that never should have left the custody of the government, and secondarily, what is our committee entitled to? We’re not entitled to everything. I don’t want everything. I just want everything related to Libya and Benghazi…”
“…I continue to naively believe that people have a right to expect their government to tell them the truth in the aftermath of a tragedy, and we know that the video was not connected, and we know it was not a spontaneous protest. What we don’t know, is how early the administration knew those two narratives were false”
Bob Schieffer then abruptly ends the interview citing time constraints.