Congressman: Hillary Could Face A Second Benghazi Subpoena

Hillary Clinton testifies to the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Oct. 22, 2015. (Screenshot/C-SPAN)

Hillary Clinton testifies to the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Oct. 22, 2015. (Screenshot/C-SPAN)

Hillary Clinton could be subpoenaed for a second time by theHouse Select Committee on Benghazi, committee member Ohio Rep. JimJordan said on Friday.

“If you made an agreement about her testifying once, andnew material arrives that undermines the agreement,don’t you have the right to subpoena heragain?” radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt asked Jordanduring an interview.

“Heck, yeah, I think you do,” Jordan said, adding“and I think you should.”

Jordan and the 11 other Benghazi Committee member — sevenRepublicans and five Democrats — questioned Clinton for 11hours on Thursday about the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks inBenghazi. While Democrats mostly gave Clinton a free pass duringthe marathon session, Republicans quizzed her about her responsefollowing the attacks, which left Ambassador Chris Stevens andthree others dead. She was also asked about how she and the StateDepartment handled requests for additional security in Libya beforethe terrorist onslaught.

Republicans also pressed Clinton about her peculiar home-brewemail arrangement and her relationship with Sidney Blumenthal, alongtime friend who sent Clinton dozens of intelligence reportsabout Libya and other countries.

During Friday’s interview, Jordan noted that the SelectCommittee plans to conduct another 20 interviews with officialsacross various government agencies, including the DefenseDepartment and intelligence community. The committee, led by SouthCarolina Rep. Trey Gowdy , also only recently received about 5,000pages of Stevens’ emails.

Jordan indicated that it’s possible that any newinformation gleaned from those forthcoming interviews andStevens’ emails could warrant the second subpoenafor Clinton. He said that the terms of Thursday’s hearingwere hammered out between the committee and Clinton’sattorneys.

The agreement was that Clinton “would come once, but itwould be, you know, several rounds of questioning,” Jordansaid.

Jordan did not address what would likely be massive blowbackfrom Clinton supporters if a second subpoena becomes a reality.Democrats fought tooth and nail to derail the first hearing,accusing Republicans on the committee of engaging in a witch-huntfor political purposes.

Committee Republicans have already indicated that they maysubpoena Blumenthal for a second time. He was interviewed behindclosed doors in June. During that interview, he provided emailsbetween him and Clinton. Those records included 15 emails thatClinton did not provide the State Department in December. Thatdespite her insistence that she had turned over all of herwork-related emails.

Blumenthal could be called again because of new informationabout his involvement in companies that sought business contractsin Libya following the fall of dictator Moammar Gaddafi in 2011.Blumenthal sent Clinton numerous intel reports pressing her toestablish no-fly zones over Libya, to depose Gaddafi, and to pushthe business interests of Osprey Global Solutions, a NorthCarolina-based company for which Blumenthal consulted.

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