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Chairman Trey Gowdy: Hillary Clinton Was Not 'Cooperative' During Benghazi Interview

Hillary Clinton in Hampton, NH

The House Select Committee on Benghazi chairman said that the answers former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave during Oct. 22's interview were not entirely accurate.

“Did she cooperate in answering the question?" Republican Trey Gowdy told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Oct. 25, according to the Hill. "Yes. Was it an accurate answer? No.”

Clinton answered all of the questions but glossed over or left out important details, Gowdy explained, noted the Hill.

"She answered the questions, and I would note I don’t think I ever cut her off," Gowdy said. "She was given ample opportunity, so she answered the questions, yeah, if that’s your definition of cooperative."

“I’ve always also injected an element of wholeness and completeness and also truthfulness in the definition of cooperative,” he added.

The committee questioned Clinton for 11 hours about the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that left several Americans dead, including a U.S. Ambassador, according to the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi's official website. Clinton is one of approximately 50 witnesses the committee has interviewed so far.

Clinton wanted to begin her portion of the trial much earlier, but the committee was unable to procure her emails until recently. She requested that her testimony be available to the public.

“I didn’t send a subpoena to Secretary Clinton, it was a voluntary interview, and she wanted it to be in public,” Gowdy told "Meet the Press," according to the Hill. “I wrote a letter several months ago giving her an option, and she chose public, and that’s well within her right.”

He went on to explain that the committee has conducted most of their approximately 50 interviews in private, and that Congress rarely bickers as much as they did during the public interview.

“I can just tell you, in the private interviews, there is never any of what you saw Thursday," Gowdy said. "It is one hour on the Republican side, one hour on the Democrat side, which is why you’re going to see the next two dozen interviews done privately."

Sources: The HillU.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi
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