Clinton emails breathe new life into Benghazi panel
By MATTHEW DALY
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's a photo that became an Internet meme: Hillary Rodham Clinton, wearing sunglasses, staring at her BlackBerry. Now it's becoming a focal point for Republicans on the House committee that's investigating the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
The chairman, South Carolina Republican Trey Gowdy, wants to know why the panel has no emails from the day the photo was taken as Clinton, then the secretary of state, was en route to Tripoli.
In fact, the committee says it has no emails at all from Clinton's October 2011 trip, which occurred just days before longtime Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi was killed.
The disclosure that Clinton relied on personal emails to conduct government business has breathed new life into the Benghazi panel's investigation. The inquiry had threatened to stall amid partisan discord.