Democrats on the House Select Committee on Benghazi released the full transcript of the panel’s interview with Hillary Clinton’s onetime consigliare, Cheryl Mills.
Mills, who served as Hillary’s chief-of-staff in the State Department, was interviewed behind closed doors by the Benghazi Committee, one day before Hillary is set to testify herself.
Democrats claim that they leaked Mills’ entire interview because they didn’t want Republicans to be able to quote it out of context.
“Multiple Republican admissions over the past month have made clear to the American people what we have been witnessing firsthand inside the Select Committee for the past year — Republicans are spending millions of taxpayer dollars on a partisan campaign to damage Secretary Clinton’s bid for president,” said Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), one of the panel’s members.
He’s referring to Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the Republican Majority Leader, who went on the news to brag about how the Benghazi Committee has sunk Hillary’s poll numbers.
The uncomfortable claim sunk McCarthy’s bid for Speaker of the House and has sent Republicans scrambling to shore up the legitimacy of the committee. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who is the chair of the committee, has denied that the investigation is politically motivated.
The full transcript of Mills’ interview runs over 300 pages–but, while Republican investigators spent time grilling Mills over what Clinton knew the night of the attacks, her email server, and other alleged wrongdoings.
Mills apparently wanted the transcript to be released–which makes sense, because nothing in her testimony was especially incriminating, to either herself or Clinton.
Hillary is set to testify on Benghazi on Today.