One Republican member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi sought to visually demonstrate that Hillary Clinton had a “lack of interest in Libya” around the time of the terror attacks by placing huge piles of the former secretary of state’s emails on the dais during a high-stakes Thursday hearing.
Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) began her questioning of the Democratic presidential frontrunner by pulling out one large and one comparatively smaller pile of printed Clinton emails. She said the larger pile, shown directly in front of her, represented 795 emails Clinton sent or received concerning Libya from February-December 2011; a smaller pile to Brook’s right represented the 67 emails Clinton sent or received about Libya from early 2012 until the day of the Benghazi attacks.
“I’m troubled by what I see here,” Brooks said, later adding: “I can only conclude, by your own records, that there was a lack of interest in Libya in 2012.”
In response, Clinton explained that the lion’s share of her work leading the State Department was not done via email.
“Well, congresswoman, I did not conduct most of the business that I did on behalf of our country on email,” Clinton said. “I conducted it in meetings. I read massive amounts of memos, a great deal of classified information. I made a lot of secure phone calls. I was in and out of the White House all the time. There were a lot of things that happened that I was aware of and that I was reacting to. If you were to be in my office in the State Department, I didn’t have a computer. I did not do the vast majority of my work on email.”
This post has been updated.