Gowdy: State Dept. 'Aided and Abetted' Clinton Email Cover-Up
There was a cover-up when it came to Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, and the State Department "aided and abetted that cover-up," Rep. Trey Gowdy, who chairs the House's Select Committee on Benghazi, said Sunday.
Gowdy said that arrangement went on to allow Clinton to keep her emails for two more years after she left office.
"She had this arrangement for the entire time she was secretary of state, then she kept them for two years," the South Carolina Republican lawmaker told Fox News' Bret Baier. "It was only because the State Department would not go away, and that's when it gets interesting."
He said there were conversations between Clinton's former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, State Department Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy, and Platte River Networks, the Colorado company that managed Hillary Clinton's emails after she left office, and after his committee sent out subpoenas, emails were destroyed.
"The State Department, which is supposed to be apolitical, non-interested in the next presidential election, has been covering for Hillary Clinton since she left office," said Gowdy.
On Friday, the FBI released yet another large trove of documents concerning the email server, including notes stating that an unnamed Platte River email said in 2014 email there was a "cover-up operation" going on with the former secretary's communications, reports The Daily Caller.
The Department of Justice has offered at least partial immunity, through the FBI, including to Mills, and Gowdy said that doesn't make sense to him.
"Number one, if you think that there is evidence that is relevant to an investigation on a piece of physical property, you use a subpoena, a grand jury subpoena," said Gowdy. "You don't strike an immunity agreement with the computer, you go get the computer. Her lawyer, Beth Wilkinson, who represents Heather Samuelsson and Cheryl Mills, she's on record of saying, 'The Department of Justice assured me my clients did nothing wrong.'