US Congress panel asks Hillary Clinton to hand over e-mail server

A Republican-led US congressional panel has formally asked Hillary Clinton to hand over her private computer server, ramping up scrutiny over her use of a personal e-mail address while secretary of state.

Reuters| Updated: Mar 21, 2015, 08:47 AM IST

Washington: A Republican-led US congressional panel has formally asked Hillary Clinton to hand over her private computer server, ramping up scrutiny over her use of a personal e-mail address while secretary of state.

Hillary has come under pressure for using a private address and e-mail server rather than government systems while the country`s top diplomat from 2009-2013.

The revelations reinvigorated an investigation by a Republican-led House of Representatives committee into the 2012 attacks on a US facility in Benghazi, Libya. Republicans contend Hillary did not do enough to prevent the incident.

Representative Trey Gowdy, who heads the Benghazi panel, said in a letter to Hillary`s lawyer dated Thursday that she must respond by April 3 and agree to hand over the server. Otherwise, he would discuss additional steps for obtaining it with House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner.

Democrats on the committee accused Gowdy of being driven by politics, given Hillary`s potential presidential aspirations. 

The e-mail issue has given Republicans new material to attack Hillary, widely seen as the Democratic 2016 presidential campaign front-runner, though she has not formally declared her candidacy.

Hillary has already given thousands of pages of work-related e-mails to the State Department. But many congressional Republicans want a neutral outsider to examine her e-mail server and determine whether she handed over all relevant material.

Gowdy also has demanded e-mails from former Hillary aides and said he wants her to testify. 

Gowdy said the committee would not examine any personal e-mails found on Hillary`s server itself, but instead recommended the State Department`s inspector general or another neutral figure look at them.