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Gowdy Invites Clinton to Capitol Hill for Public Hearings

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Ex-first lady, former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton could be swinging by Capitol Hill before too long — but not to glad-hand with congressional Democrats, at least not exclusively.  

Rather, the Democratic front-runner will be appearing twice before the House committee investigating the September 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  

One of those times she'll be asked to "answer questions regarding the completeness of her public record" in light of the controversy over missing private emails, according to a statement from committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.  

The second appearance, Gowdy said, would deal with "the substance of the Benghazi terrorist attacks."  

"Unless we hear differently from you, the Committee will schedule a public hearing with Secretary Clinton in which to discuss ensuring the public record is complete the week of May 18, 2015, and we look forward to coordinating a day that week convenient for Secretary Clinton," Gowdy wrote in a letter to Clinton's attorney.  

"If that hearing results in assurances the public record is indeed complete, the Committee will schedule Secretary Clinton's public hearing with respect to the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi no later than June 18, 2015."  

Though the hearings would take place well in advance of presidential primary season, Gowdy announced Wednesday the Benghazi committee's final report won't likely come out before 2016.  

Read Gowdy's full letter here .  

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