Representative Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.), the chair of the special House panel investigating the Benghazi terrorist attack, wants former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and former CIA director David Petraeus to testify before the committee.
“Both the majority and the minority would like the schedule the appearance of Secretary Hillary Clinton as soon as possible,” Gowdy wrote in a February 5 letter to Representative Elijah Cummings (D., Md.).
Clinton is the highest-profile figure whom Gowdy wants to interview. He listed of 20 other current and former government officials, including White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, former acting CIA director Michael Morrell — a man Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) claims lied to lawmakers about his role in editing the infamous Susan Rice talking points — and Petraeus, whom Republican lawmakers have suspected was staying quiet about Benghazi pending the results of a federal investigation into the scandal that led to his resignation.
“In the context of Benghazi, General Petraeus knows a lot about what happened with those talking points, what was going on there at the CIA. But he’s now in silence mode because of this investigation,” Representative Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) told Fox News last March. “We want to get that done. I worry that the investigation is being held over his head to keep him quiet. And that isn’t right.”
The FBI and the Justice Department recommended that Petraeus be prosecuted for leaking classified information to his mistress, according to a January report from the New York Times.