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Gowdy letter to Kendall Dec. 2 2014

Gowdy letter to Kendall Dec. 2 2014

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U.S. Department State Case No. F-2015-05048 Doc No. C05845212 Date: 02/04/2016
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Select Committee Benghazi
1036 Longworth House Office Building
Washington. D.C. 20515-6157
(202) 226-7100
December 2,2014
Mr. David Kendall
Williams Connolly LLP
725 12th Street,
Washington, D.C. 20005
Dear Mr. Kendall:
[REVIEW AUTHORITY: Frank Tumminia, Senior Reviewe
Thank you for your recent conversations with Committee staff regarding Secretary
Hillary Clintons appearance before the Select Committee Benghazi. prepare for Secretary Clintons testimony, believe there may documents and
emails from Secretary Clinton relevant the Committees inquiry that have not been produced the Committee and are likely her possession. the most recent document production
Congress August 2014, the State Department, for the first time, produced emails regarding the
Benghazi attack that were sent and from the address The use this email address could explain the relatively small number emails attributed Secretary
Clinton produced the Deparbnent State relevant our requests.
The Department was able identify these newly produced and ostensibly newly
discovered emails because those emails additionally traveled from official State
Department email address. However, the Department has produced only few these
documents. The Committee course interested al1 relevant emails related the state
Libya before, during, and after the attack September 11, 2012 regardless whether those
emails originated from official non-official accounts. clear, the Committee has
interest any emails, documents other tangible things not related Benghazi. But the
extent personal email was used conduct, any way, official duties would request those
documents, emails, and other tangible things.
The following summary will aid your understanding what have seen the limited
documents produced thus far.
Examples Email Usage the early morning hours September 12, 2012, the day after the attack, Sidney
Blumenthal, longtime friend Secretary Clinton, sent email
regarding Libya. Sent 12:50 a.m., this email contained the subject Magariaf attack
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Mr. David Kendall
December 2014 Libya. Sid. second email, sent 6:16 p.m. later that day, contained the subject Fwd:
more Libya.,,2 This second email contained 4-page document attachment. the
beginning the document, all capital letters, was the comment THE FOLLOWING
Source Comment: the opinion this individual, Libyan security
officers a1so infonned Magariaf that the attacks had been planned for
approximately one month.
Later that night, Secretary Clinton forwarded both these emails Jake SuIJivan, her deputy
chief stafE She commented, should get this around asap.,,4 What further action was
taken Secretary Clinton Jake Sullivan regarding this infonnation unknown.
State Department officials also used the address means
share infonnation about Benghazi with Secretary Clinton. September 14, 2012, Cheryl Mills,
Secretary Clintons chief staff, forwarded article this non-fovernment address with the
subject Fw: pretty powerful piece standing for diplomats. September 15,2012,
Mills again ailed Secretary Clintons private address, this time forwarding article titled intelligence warned embassy Egypt concern about anti-Muslim film.,,6 The article had
originally been sent from State Department Press Secretary Victoria Nul and several high-level
State Department officials, including Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan, Under Secretary Patrick
Kennedy, and Assistant Secretary Eric Boswell, just ten minutes earlier. Notwithstanding that
the article was sent these individuals official State Department email addresses, was
subsequently forwarded Secretary Clintons private email address. This suggests that this
private address could have been used wit~ some frequency while conducting official State
Department business.
Other top State Department officials also sent official communications For example, September 16,2012, the day that U.S. Ambassador the United Nations Susan Rice appeared the Sunday morning talk shows, Jake Sullivan
emailed Secretary Clinton transoript from Rices appearance Meet the Press, with the
comment Good.,,8 Clinton responded three minutes later from this address. Two weeks later Email fromSidney Blumenthal Hillary Clinton (Sept. 12,2012,12:50 a.m.) [State Dept. Document
#C05622868]. Email from Sidney Blumenthal Hillary Clinton (Sept. 12,2012,6:16 p.m.) [State Dept. Document
31d. Email from Hillary Clinton Jacob Sullivan (Sept. 12,2012,11 :26 p.m.) [State Dept. Document #C05622865];
Email from Hillary Clinton JacobSullivlUl(Sept. 12,2012,11:30 p.m.) [State Dept. Document #C05622868]. Email from Cheryl Mills Hillary Clinton (Sept. 14,2012,5:59 a.m.) [State Dept. Document #C05622888]. Email from Cheryl Mills Hillary Clinton (Sept. 14,2012,3:50 p.m.) [State Dept. Document #C05622885]. Email from Victoria Nuland Jacob Sullivan, a1. (Sept. 14, 2012, 3:40 p.m.) [Stale Dept. Document
#C05622885]. Email from Jacob Sullivan Hillary Clinton (Sept. 16,20]2,2:36 p.m.) [State Dept. Document #C05622873]. Email from Hillary Clinton Jacob Sullivan (Sept. 16, 2012,2:39 p.m.) [State, Dept. Document #C05622873].
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December 2,2014
Sullivan again emailedClinton.sPcrivateaddress.this time forward the CIAs final
unclassified talking points her.
Secretary Clinton not only used her address receive
iDfonnatioD, but also email her top aides the State Department. September 11,2012,
just minutes after the attack the Annex took place Benghazi, Secretary Clinton emailed
Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan, and Victoria Nuland from her private email address regarding
Ambassador Chris Stevens. She wrote:
Cheryl told the Libyans confirmed his death. Should announce
tonight wait until moming?lI September 26, 2012, Clinton emailed Jake Sullivan regarding New York Times
article. Clinton wrote:
Well, this stretch beyond what said intended, but dont think
need say more. you agree?
Finally, our review the State Department production records, appears that
least one other top State Department official also had private email address the domain address that may have been used for official business.
September 13, 2012, Secretary Clintons official schedule for the following day was sent
nearly twenty people private email domains. One such individual was the Secretarys
deputy chief staff, with the email being sent her address rather than official government email address.
Given Secretary Clintons known usage private email address, coupled with the
paucity documents from Secretary Clinton produced the State Department, have
reasonable belief that there may relevant infonnation regarding Benghazi that was transmitted
through private email addresses used State Department officials, information that has not been
captured retained State Department networks produced Congress.
pocument Request prepare for Secretary Clintons testimony before the Select Committee,
imperative that have full picture what iJ:}fonnation Secretary Clinton had, and what
actions she took, regarding Libya. The State Department has not provided all the requisite
Email from Jacob Sullivan Hillary Clinton (Sept. 27,2012, 12:28 p.m.) [State Dept. Document #C05579952].
Email from Hillary Clinton Jacob Sullivan a!. (Sept. 11,2012, 11:38 p.m.) [State Dept. Document
#C05622916]. The subject the email Chris Smith, the first name Ambassador Chris Stevens and the last
name Sean Smith, the State Department Information Management Officer who also died the attack the
Special Mission Compound. Given the fact that Smith had been declared dead hours earlier and Ambassador
Stevens was missing, this email conversation was likely regarding Ambassador Chris Stevens. Email from Hillary Clinton Jacob Sullivan (Sept. 26,2012,3:30 p.m.) [State Dept. Document #C05561922]. Email from Lona Valmoro Lona Valmoro and S_S-Final Schedule (Sept. 13,2012,4:50 p.m.) [State Dept.
Document #C05579612].
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documents this matter, and this Committee needs access all Secretary Clintons emails these topics. Therefore, see two potential ways for the Committee have full and
complete account these emails; first, work through you, second work through the
domain host strong preference not request production from
third-party this matter, and hopeful you are able provide the Committee the documents need.
Therefore, please provide, soon possible but later than December 31, 2014, any
and all documents and communications referring relating Libya (including but not
limited Benghazi and Tripoli), andlor weapons located found in, imported brought
into, andlor exported removed from Libya, authored by, sent to, received the email
address between January 2011 through December 31, 2012.
Accessing the private email account individuals not something undertake lightly.
However, given the minimal documents produced the State Department date this matter
and the seemingly frequent usage this email address Secretary Clinton, necessary for
the Committee take the step asking you produce emails that fall within the scope the
Committees mandate. attachment this Jetter provides additional information about responding this
request. When producing documents the Committee, please deliver production sets the
Majority Staffin Room 1036 the Longworth House Office Building, and the Minority Staffin
Room B241 the Longworth House Office Building. The production documents should electronic format.
Please contact the Committees Staff Director, Phil Kiko, (202) 226-7100 with any
questions regarding this request. look forWard working further with you this matter.
The Honorable Elijah Cummings, Ranking Minority Member
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