(Reuters) – Congress has subpoenaed the emails of “close to a dozen” people who worked in the State Department for Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state, the chairman of the U.S. House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks said on Thursday.
Representative Trey Gowdy, chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee, told Reuters these included aides to Clinton and perhaps “aides to aides.”
“We sent a subpoena to the State Department for emails from a number of individuals within the State Department, other than Secretary Clinton,” Gowdy, a Republican, said in a phone interview.
A New York Times report this month that Clinton had used a personal email account for government business while the chief U.S. diplomat from 2009 to 2013 has reinvigorated the committee’s investigation into the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador.
One possible reason Mrs. Clinton didn’t want anyone, especially Obama, seeing her emails is that she didn’t want anybody to know what she doing; and also because she suddenly found herself Secretary of State and had no idea what to do. Having no qualifications for the job she needed to rely on subordinates and allies to tell her how to do her job and her emails would have revealed all that.
After all, the “highly accomplished” and “smartest woman in the world,” doesn’t really have anything in her background that qualified her to be Secretary of State. Well, I guess she did have some success in cattle futures a while back.
Nothing about Mrs. Clinton made her anywhere near comparable to prior secretaries of states, such as Condoleeza Rice who grew up in Birmingham, Alabama surrounded by racism in the segregated South, but before becoming America’s 66th Secretary of State had: earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Denver in 1974; her master’s from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and her Ph.D. from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies in 1981. That same year, she joined Stanford University as a political science professor—a position that she held for more than three decades. In 1993, Rice became the first woman and first African-American to serve as provost of Stanford University—a post she held for six years. In the mid-1980s, she spent a period in Washington, D.C., working as an international affairs fellow attached to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 1989, she became director of Soviet and East European affairs with the National Security Council, and special assistant to President George H.W. Bush during the dissolution of the Soviet Union and German reunification. In 1997, she served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender-Integrated Training in the Military.
A few years later, in 2001, Rice was appointed national security adviser by President George W. Bush, becoming the first black woman (and second woman) to hold the post. With that background and qualifications, Bush appointed her Secretary of State.