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Benghazi Chairman: There are “Huge Gaps” in Hillary Clinton’s Email Records

Last week, it was revealed that rumored 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton used her private email for government business during her four years as Secretary of State. The House Committee investigating the September 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, issued subpoenas on Wednesday for all of Clinton’s emails related to Libya.

On Sunday, the chairman of the Benghazi Committee, Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, said that although Clinton provided 50,000 pages of emails, documentation from her trip to Libya following the terrorist attacks was not included.

Gowdy appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer on Sunday, and he confirmed that there were “huge gaps” in the email records that were given to the Benghazi Committee.

Gowdy said that while Clinton’s emails are still under investigation, there would be no “selective releases” of the messages. “If she wants to release all of them, with the emphasis being on the word all, she’s welcome to do that. I can’t stop her from doing it,” Gowdy said. “But serious investigations don’t make selective releases.”

When asked about any significant gaps in the emails Clinton turned over to the Committee, Gowdy said that there were several “huge gaps” that raise questions about Clinton’s credibility.

There are gaps of months and months and months,” Gowdy said. “And if you think to that iconic picture of her on a C-17 flying to Libya, she has sunglasses on and she has her handheld device in her hand, we have no e-mails from that day. In fact, we have no e-mails from that trip.”

Gowdy said that it shouldn’t be up to Clinton to decide “what is a public record and what’s not.” He explained that he ultimately blames the State Department for allowing the arrangement, and for not doing anything about it until they received a request from the House Committee on Benghazi.

In an interview with CBS News on Saturday, President Obama said he learned of Clinton’s use of private email at “the same time everybody else learned it through news reports.”

On Monday, the Associated Press reported that while Obama was aware that Clinton conducted business using a private email account, he was not aware that she was using a private server to send those emails.

Josh Earnest, a spokesman for the White House, confirmed that Obama exchanged emails with Clinton using her private email address. “The president — as I think many people expected — did over the course of his first several years in office trade emails with the secretary of state,” Earnest said.

March 12, 2015: UPDATE: Fact Check: Holes in Hillary’s Email Story

Press Secretary Earnest’s First Briefing Ends Awkwardly With Criticism From Reporters

New White House press secretary Josh Earnest found himself at odds with a reporter at his first official briefing on Monday. He was accused of being less than upfront about a question concerning Iraq.

Earlier in the briefing, Earnest was asked if the White House had a list of calls to read out between world leaders and President Obama about the crisis in Iraq, to which Earnest reportedly responded there were none. Earnest was later asked by a Bloomberg reporter to confirm a conversation between Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin concerning Ukraine.

As Earnest attempted to wrap up the briefing, a journalist regarded the disclosure of the communication between Obama and Putin as a “buried nugget of news”, to which Earnest replied, “Well, it took Roger’s [the Bloomberg reporter] nose for news to ask.” Real Clear Politics reporter Alexis Simendinger criticized Earnest’s handling of the questions, saying “that’s not true… you got asked earlier.”

“Alexis, you don’t have to get all exercised about this,” Earnest said.

“She’s not getting exercised, she’s telling you what it is,” another reporter said.

“We asked you the question, you should answer the question,” said Simendinger. “I did,” responded Earnest, but Simendinger continued to challenge Earnest: “No you didn’t. You said you had no calls to read out.”

“Alexis, I was asked if the president had conversations with world leaders about the situation in Iraq,” Earnest said in an attempt of clarification.

“Oh, so we should go around the map every day?” Alexis countered.

Earnest then ended the briefing: “Okay, thanks everybody.”

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Breaking: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Resigns

Washington, DC-  President Barack Obama interrupted a news briefing today to announce that Jay Carney, spokesman for the White House, has resigned.

“I’m going to miss him a lot,” said Obama. Carney will be leaving his position in June. “Jay’s had to wrestle with this decision for quite some time.” There has been no announcement yet regarding Carney’s future plans.

Obama’s announcement of Carney’s resignation occurred a few short hours after news that Veterans Affairs Department secretary Eric Shinseki submitted his own resignation. Carney will be replaced by White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest.

“Be nice to him on his farewell tour,” Obama joked to the press following the announcement.

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