The email scandal surrounding Hillary Clinton continues to roll on with Republicans now accusing the potential presidential candidate of wiping the server containing emails sent from a private address.
According to a report by Reuters, the Republican chairman of a House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks said that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had failed to respond to the panel’s subpoena for documents in the case.
Trey Gowdy said that Hilary Clinton had not given over any new documents while her lawyer has said that the email server central to the case in question, had been wiped clean while she was still in her position in government, casting further suspicion in the case.
Trey Gowdy said in a statement: “We learned today, from her attorney, Secretary Clinton unilaterally decided to wipe her server clean and permanently delete all emails from her personal server.”
Gowdy went on to say that the committee intended to speak directly with Hillary Clinton about the emails and the server and what the reasons for wiping it could have been.
Hillary Clinton is widely touted to be intending to announce her intention to run for president in the 2016 elections and this case has brought her into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, especially when so close to stepping forward for the race.
Hillary Clinton has faced criticism from all quarters regarding her use of a private email address while she held the position of secretary of state, although she has already said that had given copies of any work related emails that were sent to the private address to the State Department to prove that she has been acting entirely transparently.
According to a report by Reuters, Clinton has told the committee and the State Department that she would like all her emails made public as soon as possible and welcomes the opportunity to appear before the House panel, Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said in a statement.
The committee has already been given permission from the State Department to have access to all the emails that have been found in the cache that are relevant to the case. In total there are around 300 emails that fall into the category of being of interest with some of them containing details about the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
But this is not enough for the committee who are keen to see all the emails that were sent from the address which is causing difficulties because some of these were private and personal to Hilary Clinton at the time and have no relevance to the case.
According to Reuters, Representative Elijah Cummings, said the letter the panel received from Clinton’s lawyer confirmed that Clinton had turned over all relevant emails.
“It is time for the Committee to stop this political charade and instead make these documents public and schedule Secretary Clinton’s public testimony now,” Cummings said in a statement.