The Republican Chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi said Sunday morning that he hopes to conclude his investigation by the end of 2015.
"I have no interest, zero interest, in you and I having this conversation in 2016, but I don't get to decide how quickly it's done, I need some cooperation from people who have access to the witnesses and the information."
Rep. Trey Gowdy. R-SC. continued, "But keep in mind, when you are never told the Secretary of State kept her records, when you are never told she didn't have a State.gov email account, it does tend to draw things out."
The South Carolina Republican said that his committee "has been asked to write the final, definitive accounting," of the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
And he also clarified the role former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would play in his investigation, saying she would not be the "central focus," and that her documents would be a small portion of the total review of roughly 45,000 documents.
"She is a very important part of understanding what happened in Libya and Benghazi," said Gowdy. "But Chuck, we're scheduled to interview 50 witnesses between now and the conclusion. So she would be one-fiftieth of that."
— Dale Armbruster