From The Hill:

The head of the House panel looking into the 2012 siege in Benghazi, Libya, says President Obama could release records and end the investigation right away if he really wanted to.

The president “could pick up the phone today and say … ‘Give him what he wants so he will please go away,’ ” House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said Thursday during an interview with Fox News Radio’s “Kilmeade and Friends.”

In addition, Gowdy added, Secretary of State John Kerry “could decide, ‘You know what, none of this happened when I was secretary of State, and I’m tired of the agency being cast in the light that it’s cast in, as being recalcitrant, give him the emails. They’re public record. Give them to him.”

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From The Daily Caller:

A State Department spokesman admitted it’s “hard to know” how many work-related emails former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton failed to turn over to the agency.

“We don’t know the degree to which there may be other emails that another third party may have — in this case Mr. Blumenthal — that we do not have,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters at a press conference Friday.

He was responding to Thursday’s bombshell revelation that the agency did not have 15 Libya-related emails sent between Clinton and her longtime friend, Sidney Blumenthal. Blumenthal turned over 60 emails he sent to Clinton when she was in office. He provided the records to the House Select Committee on Benghazi last week.

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From WorldNetDaily:

Is there a Benghazi connection to the killing of a veteran Islamic jihadist Saturday in a U.S. airstrike in Libya?

The Libyan government announced the airstrike Sunday, with the U.S. confirming the target was Mokhtar Belmokhtar, an Algerian terrorist who was said to have been the mastermind of the In Amenas, Algeria, gas facility attack in January 2013 in which 40 people were killed during a three-day siege.

Belmokhtar helped to lead several rebel-driven insurgencies across North Africa. The French military previously labeled him “The Uncatchable” after he evaded numerous assassination and arrest attempts.

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From The National Journal:

After a nearly nine-hour grilling in the Capitol described as civil, Sidney Blumenthal has a dim view of the GOP-led House Select Committee on Benghazi’s probe.

“So why was I subpoenaed at all in front of the committee? I am a longtime friend of Hillary Clinton,” Blumenthal told reporters after the daylong questioning. “It seems obvious that my appearance before this committee was for one reason and for one reason only—and that reason is politics.”

Blumenthal told reporters that the deposition did nothing to advance understanding of the 2012 attacks that killed four Americans, including Amb. Chris Stevens. “My testimony has shed no light on the events of Benghazi. Nor could it, because I have no firsthand knowledge of what happened,” he said.

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