Hillary Clinton’s longtime personal attorney, David Kendall, drafted a “political attack” on Rep. Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.) and the House Select Committee on Benghazi, according to emails published by WikiLeaks.
In an email dated Oct. 20, 2015, just two days before Hillary was scheduled to testify before the committee, Kendall emailed top campaign aides and confidantes about a “Possible pivot for HRC to go to political lynch party.”
Kendall outlined a draft of a “platform” Hillary could use “to launch into a political attack on the Committee,” adding: “I’m not sure that’s a good idea, but here’s what I had in mind as a springboard.”
Kendall appears to suggest that Hillary start attacking the committee for wasting time and money on a “redundant” investigation, the “true goal” of which is “to fight me politically.” Such rhetoric featured prominently into the campaign’s messaging with respect to the committee, which was chaired by Gowdy.
Hillary Clinton gave 11 hours of testimony before the committee on Oct. 22, 2015, and much of the media coverage rated her performance positively and was critical of Gowdy and the committee.
Another email chain published by WikiLeaks shows that, several months before her testimony, Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta was eager to discuss elements of the former secretary of state’s email scandal that related to Benghazi, which he said was an issue that was “good for us.”
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