Statement from the Communications Director on State Department Turning Over New, Previously Withheld Clinton Benghazi Emails

September 25, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC—Select Committee on Benghazi Communications Director Jamal D. Ware issued the following statement in response to State’s planned delivery of new Libya and Benghazi-related documents:

“In the past week, the State Department has confirmed on-the-record it requested Secretary Clinton’s emails in response to the Benghazi Committee and that it was Committee inquiries early after it was created that led the Department to realize it did not have the former Secretary’s emails. Now State is confirming it failed to previously disclose all Libya and Benghazi-related messages from the former Secretary.

“The State Department, which has failed to comply with multiple Benghazi Committee requests and failed to act in good faith, is now indicating it intends to foster a more cooperative relationship with the committee.  It’s curious the Department is suddenly able to be more productive after recent staff changes involving those responsible for document production.

“The Committee is not yet in receipt of this new production, and will not be issuing any statements regarding it until it can be thoroughly examined. If indeed this is a sign the stonewalling and political protection effort that was previously being run by the Department is diminishing, the Committee welcomes it. The proof will be in the production.”