Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has accepted an invitation to testify before the Republican-led committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Libya now ominously referred to as “Benghazi,” the New York Times reports.
According to a Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Clinton’s presidential campaign, the candidate accepted the committee’s invitation to testify in October on Friday, the Times reports. Also on Friday, the inspectors general for the State Department and the nation’s intelligence agencies announced that they had discovered classified information on Clinton’s private email account.
“We have had a chance to review the statement released by the inspectors general of the State Department and intelligence community outlining their concerns with regard to the State Department’s review and release of Hillary Clinton’s work emails,” Merrill wrote in an emailed statement.
“We want to ensure that appropriate procedures are followed as these emails are reviewed while not unduly delaying the release of her emails,” the statement continued. “We particularly do not want their release to be hampered by bureaucratic infighting among the intelligence community. More emails are slated to be released by the State Department next week, and we hope that release is as inclusive as possible.”
There appears to be some confusion in Washington, however, over whether Clinton has actually agreed to appear. “Secretary Clinton’s campaign may want to reach out to her lawyer, Mr David Kendall, with whom the committee has had ongoing conversations,” the Benghazi committee said in a statement on Saturday. “As of last night, Mr Kendall was still negotiating conditions for her appearance.”
But Merrill told the Times that this was incorrect. “As the committee’s own statement says, we have made clear that we understand emails are in their jurisdiction,” he said. “So unless the committee now believes emails are no longer in its jurisdiction, we are in agreement.”