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Don’t Stay Up Waiting for Those E-mails, Congressman Gowdy.

There’s a common theme running through three of the items in Tuesday’s Morning Jolt — European Union nations are instructing their militaries to prepare for strikes against migrant smugglers; Hillary’s old friend Sid Blumenthal ends up being one of her most trusted sources in putting together U.S. policy regarding Libya, and now the e-mails will be kept under wraps even longer:

Don’t Stay Up Waiting for Those E-mails, Congressman Gowdy

You’re familiar with the traditional Clinton strategy, to drag out an investigation as long as possible, and then insist the investigators are obsessed with old news, right? Here we go again.

The State Department does not intend to make approximately 55,000 pages of former secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s e-mails public until Jan. 15, 2016, according to court documents obtained by Vice News.

Clinton’s e-mails during her tenure as secretary of State have become the focus of controversy since it was revealed that she exclusively used private e-mails to conduct State business, a practice that has been discouraged by the Obama administration.

The Democratic presidential candidate had been scheduled to testify before the House Select Committee on Benghazi this week, but the committee chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said the panel will not call Clinton to testify until it receives all the documents it has requested.

Although the State Department has turned over 296 Benghazi-related e-mails from Clinton, Gowdy and other committee Republicans want assurances that they have all of her messages related to the 2012 terror attack on a U.S. diplomatic facility.

Remember, she’s already been caught lying about which private e-mail accounts she used:

A second secret e-mail address used by Hillary Rodham Clinton while she was secretary of state was revealed Monday.

The e-mail address, published by The New York Times, was used in exchanges between Clinton and longtime adviser Sydney Blumenthal, and is from the same private e-mail server that was uncovered earlier this year.

“Fyi. The idea of using private security experts to arm the opposition should be considered,” Clinton wrote Blumenthal from the ­e-mail address HRod17@clintonemail.com.

The two were discussing strategies to help the opposition rebels oust Moammar Khadafy in Libya as that country descended into chaos in 2011.

Clinton’s office insisted just two months ago that the only private e-mail address used by the former secretary of state during her tenure was hdr22@clintonemail.com.

In a 2015 letter to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Clinton’s lawyer acknowledged that the HRod17 e-mail address existed, but stated explicitly that it was “not an address that existed during Secretary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State.”

The time stamps and content of the messages make clear that this statement was inaccurate, according to the Times report.

I know it will stun you to learn that Hillary and her lawyers lied.

There are so many angles to choose from here, a skeptical, professional press — you know, the opposite of George Stephanopolous – wouldn’t know where to start. Why was Hillary Clinton talking to Blumenthal about Libya policy? Did she know about his ties to business interests that wanted to make money from the new government? What advice of his did she take? Why did she think he knew more than State Department professionals? What other outsiders with business interests overseas were helping her make policy decisions? Why was she so certain that deposing Qaddafi wouldn’t end up causing problems for the U.S. down the road? Does she want to apologize to our European allies for helping create a humanitarian crisis on their doorstep? How does she think our European allies should respond to the boatloads of desperate refugees coming to their shores? Does she regret her decision to push for military action to topple Qaddafi’s regime?

Why should we believe that she wasn’t effectively auctioning foreign policy decisions to the highest bidder?

Instead we get, “How are you liking Iowa?

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