House Benghazi Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. listens as Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies before the committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
For the past few months, presidential debates have stolen the media spotlight. But that hasn’t stopped Rep. Trey Gowdy from working hard behind the scene to chronicle the true events of the Benghazi attacks.
Clinton supporters have been quick to point out that the House Selection Committee on Benghazi has been at work for two years, and hasn’t yet completed its mission. Chairman Gowdy has pushed back on these claims, arguing that it is the White House’s lack of cooperation that has delayed the investigation into the terrorist attacks.
Most recently, he wrote a scathing letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter, claiming that the Pentagon chief and one of his top lieutenants, “intentionally mischaracterizes both the nature of the Committee’s investigation and its interaction with the Department of Defense.”
“IT IS ALSO RIDDLED WITH FACTUAL INACCURACIES, WHICH NOT ONLY DOES A DISSERVICE TO THE PUBLIC BUT ALSO DOES A DISSERVICE TO THE WOMEN AND MEN WHO WORK FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE,” HE CONTINUED.
“YOUR STAFF IS WELCOME TO WASTE TAXPAYER DOLLARS WRITING PARTISAN, FACTUALLY DEFICIENT LETTERS TO OUR COMMITTEE, COORDINATE THE LANGUAGE WITH HOUSE DEMOCRATS, AND THEN LEAK IT TO THE MEDIA,” HE CONCLUDED.
“THAT IS YOUR PREROGATIVE. IT WILL NOT PREVENT THIS COMMITTEE FROM INTERVIEWING ALL WITNESSES WHO CAN HELP US WRITE THE FINAL, DEFINITIVE ACCOUNTING OF WHAT HAPPENED BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER THE ATTACKS THAT KILLED FOUR AMERICANS IN BENGHAZI AND INJURED OTHERS. IT WILL JUST PROLONG THE INVESTIGATION.”