Rep. Trey Gowdy,The Republican chairman of the congregational panel probing the Benghazi tragedy has told his colleagues in the GOP to shut up regarding the committee since they don’t have the slightest idea about the work the panel is doing.
In an interview on Sunday in the CBS’ show Face The Nation, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy dismissed statements made by two Republican lawmakers including Majority leader Kevin McCarthy of California implying that the panel’s investigation into the Benghazi tragedy while Hillary Clinton was the Secretary of State was to embarrass the Democrat presidential front runner.
“I get that there is a presidential campaign going on,” Gowdy said on the show. “I have told my own Republican colleagues and friends to shut up talking about things you don’t know anything about and unless you’re on the committee, you have no idea what we’ve done, why we’ve done it, and what new facts we have found.” Clinton is scheduled to testify before the committee Thursday.
Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor said he only wishes to investigate the role Hillary Clinton played in deciding whether to draw down security at the US embassy compound in Benghazi shortly before an attack left four americans including, the US ambassador Chris Stevens dead in the Libyan facility.
But his work has been complicated by statements from McCarthy, who told Sean Hannity on Fox News Sept. 29 that “we put together a Benghazi special committee (and) what are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping.” Last Wednesday, Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., told a local radio program that “a big part” of the Benghazi panel was designed to go after Clinton.
“After what Kevin McCarthy said, it’s difficult to accept at least a part of it was not,” Hanna told a Utica radio station. “I think that’s the way Washington works,” Hanna said. “But you’d like to expect more from a committee that’s spent millions of dollars and tons of time.”
In addition, a former investigator for the Benghazi committee recently accused the panel of conducting a politically motivated probe targeting Clinton. Maj. Bradley Podliska, an intelligence officer in the Air Force Reserve, was fired from the committee in June.
“These are three people who don’t have any idea what they’re talking about,” Gowdy said Sunday.
He said McCarthy and Hana has never asked for update from the committee that was created 17 months ago. Gowdy went ahead to reply Podilska that he has no idea what the panel is doing for the past four month.
However Gowdy’s Democratic counterpart on the panel, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland,said the statement. Indicates how the committee’s work has swayed from its initial intent to uncover the truth about what happened and prevent future attacks.
“It’s a sad day for all of us because we made a commitment
to the families,” Cummings told Face The Nation. “The families came in with tears in their eyes literally and said please don’t make this a political football. That’s exactly what’s happened.”
Clinton was secretary of State in 2012 when terrorists attacked U.S. facilities in Benghazi, killing four people, including Stevens. Multiple congressional investigations and an independent investigation of the State Department have led to improved diplomatic security at U.S. outposts around the world and have repositioned military resources to respond to future attacks.
They have not, however, unearthed evidence supporting Republicans’ assertions that administration officials deliberately mischaracterized the attacks as a spontaneous response to an anti-Muslim video instead of an act of terrorism.
House Republicans created the special Benghazi committee in May 2014 to continue the probe.
The investigation eventually revealed Clinton’s use of a private email server while at the State Department, raising questions about her motives, whether she had properly preserved official emails, and whether classified information had been compromised.
Clinton however thinks the investigation is strictly personal and created only to thwart her goal of being president.
She said on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday she wasn’t involved in the decision to draw down security at the compound and that none of the emails she received or sent on her private server was marked classified at the time.
As for her upcoming appearance Thursday, the Democratic front runner for the White House said she’s not sure what to expect.
But “I think it’s pretty clear that whatever they might have thought they were doing, they ended up becoming a partisan arm of the Republican National Committee with an overwhelming focus on — as they admitted — driving down my poll numbers,” she said.
Source : USA today