The Benghazi Committee wants to get Hillary Clinton on the record about her email practices.
Panel Chairman Trey Gowdy, in a letter sent Tuesday to Clinton's attorney, asks for the interview within the next month "to better understand decisions the secretary made relevant to the creation, maintenance, retention, and ultimately deletion of public records."
Gowdy's letter criticizes Clinton's refusal thus far to agree to his request to turn her private server over to the State Department's inspector general or another third party. Clinton attorney David Kendall told Gowdy in a letter last week that Clinton would not turn over the server and that no emails from her time as secretary of State remain on the server or "any back-up systems" associated with it.
Gowdy's letter suggests this could delay the review, a claim that shifts some burden onto Clinton at a time when Democrats are alleging that Gowdy is drawing out his probe to politically damage Clinton during her likely presidential run.
"Secretary Clinton's refusal to allow the inspector general to ensure the public record is complete is not only disappointing but portends to delay the ability of our committee to complete its work as expeditiously as possible," states the letter, which asks her to reconsider.