The House Committee investigating the attacks in Benghazi formally requested that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hand over her private email server to the independent inspector general for the State Department, or to another neutral third party.
In a letter sent Friday to Clinton’s lawyer and obtained by CNN, committee Chairman Trey Gowdy gave Clinton until April 3 to respond to the request or risk having the issue taken up by the full House of Representatives, which could vote to subpoena the server.
“I am asking Secretary Clinton to relinquish her server to a neutral, detached and independent third-party, such as the Inspector General for the State Department, for review and an independent accounting of any records contained on the server, including a determination of which documents in the Secretary’s possession belong to the State Department and which are private,” Gowdy wrote to Clinton lawyer David Kendall, calling the request “eminently reasonable.”
Republicans have been calling on Clinton to turn over her email server to an independent third-party since news broke earlier this month that she used a personal email account to conduct official State Department business. She did not have an official government email account.
Clinton has turned over 55,000 pages of work-related email to the State Department for review. But Republicans have argued that Clinton should not be the arbiter of which emails were private and which were official.