State Department officials on Friday handed over 1,100 pages of documents demanded by the the House Select Committee on Benghazi, two years after congressional investigators requested them.
"It is deplorable that it took over a year for these records to be produced to our committee, and that our Democrat colleagues never lifted a finger to help us get them," committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said Friday evening. "Shame on them and everyone else who has demanded this committee to give up before gathering all of the facts."
The disclosures include emails from Hillary Clinton's inner circle at the State Department, including confidante Huma Abedin, then-chief of staff Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan, one of her top foreign policy advisers, and Assistant Secretary of State Patrick Kennedy.
Gowdy first asked for the documents in November of 2014, then subpoenaed them in March 2015. They include "work-related emails includes work-related emails from the personal email accounts" of Mills, Sullivan and Abedin. The State Department has had the documents in its possession since last summer.
"This investigation is about a terrorist attack that killed four Americans, and it could have been completed a lot sooner if the administration had not delayed and delayed and delayed at every turn," Gowdy said. "For example, the committee still does not have records we requested over a year ago, and we are still waiting for some witnesses to be made available for interviews. As soon as possible, we will release our report and interview transcripts so everyone can see the evidence for themselves."