First on CNN: GOP chairman of Select Benghazi Committee reacts to Hillary Clinton book chapter
May 30th, 2014
11:54 AM ET
4 months ago

First on CNN: GOP chairman of Select Benghazi Committee reacts to Hillary Clinton book chapter

Washington (CNN) – The chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi waved off questions Friday about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's criticism of GOP congressional investigations of the 2012 attacks in her forthcoming book “Hard Choices.”

"There is a time and a place for everything and her book tour is neither for me," Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina told CNN about the chapter of the book that covers the attack in Benghazi, which left the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans dead.

Politico, which obtained the chapter on Benghazi, reported on it Friday morning, ahead of next month's publication of the memoir.

In the section of the book Clinton writes, "I will not be a part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans. It’s just plain wrong, and it’s unworthy of our great country. Those who insist on politicizing the tragedy will have to do so without me.”

Asked about Clinton’s comments suggesting she may not appear before the select panel even before it begins its work, Gowdy said, "the select committee is going to talk to all witnesses who have relevant information."

Pressed if that included Clinton since she led the State Department at the time, Gowdy simply repeated his answer.

Previously Gowdy has said he intends to call Clinton but at this point there is no private or public meeting scheduled.

Gowdy told CNN he's hard at work setting up the select committee and is looking for lawyers and investigators to fill 25 slots on the panel.

"It's a brand new committee that is going from infancy to adulthood in a short amount of time. All of my energy now is trying to get staff done," Gowdy added.

The House approved a measure on Friday morning that allows Gowdy to authorize travel for staff and members of the select committee, a power other House committee chairs already have. It's unclear whether there are any plans for a trip to Libya.

 


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  1. Sniffit

    "the select committee is going to talk to all witnesses who have relevant information...."

    ...again...and again....and again....until they break down and give us the answers we would rather hear just to get us to stop harassing them and wasting their time.

    "Gowdy told CNN he's hard at work setting up the select committee and is looking for lawyers and investigators to fill 25 slots on the panel."

    He no doubt sent a request for resumes to Liberty University.

    May 30, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Gowdy told CNN he's hard at work setting up the select committee and is looking for lawyers and investigators to fill 25 slots on the panel."

    Ummm. Like WOW. Is he going to bring Ken Starr back for that extra oomph FOX News is looking for?

    /popcorn (extra lite)

    May 30, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    --what a nonsense GOP idiocy is!! Where did this guy when Bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan for years on one side Pakistan looting American dollar and American army helicopters on the other side? GOP needs to shut up. Nothing wrong with Benghazi. This rant never works. It is like birth certificate, shut-down government to cause 30 billion dollars.

    May 30, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    On a more serious note: these questions the MSM was asking him are ridiculous. Gowdy is a former high-powered prosecutor, which is why Boehner selected him...because the GOP/Teatrolls view this as a prosecution, not an investigation....they have an accused (or a few really) and their goal is to convict. Their goal is not to "discover the truth"...it is to prove the version of the truth they have ALREADY settled upon prior to ANY investigation, but have so far failed to prove through countless hours and millions of dollars of testimony, investigation, thousands of documents, etc. This is their giant playground "do-over" in what they view as a partisan game of kickball. It should go without saying that Gowdy's at least versed enough in prosecuting people not to engage in answering these kinds of questions. Heck, it should've gone without saying that they're extremely stupid questions in the first place and that nobody cares what the answers are anyway..

    May 30, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. The REAL Truth...

    @Sniffit – "the select committee is going to talk to all witnesses who have relevant information...."
    ---------------------------
    Like Issa did ?? Are they going to selectively edit responses and cherry pick what they make public like Issa did. Are they going to end up at the same conclusion Issa did? ERGO: NOTHING !
    I'm so tired of the BS investigations... I wish these bozos would do something for the benefit of the country instead of wasting tax dollars on witch hunts.. As an independent, I'm going to have a VERY TOUGH time voting GOP this year.. I'm undecided on 2016 so far, but if Hilary runs.. well.....

    May 30, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. bobo

    We need to know the truth! Hillary lied and men died!

    HILLARY LIED AND MEN DIED!

    May 30, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. don in albuquerque

    25 SLOTS????!!!!!!!!!! All that money?????!!!!!!! All to lynch an old lady and fail??????????!!!!!!!!!!

    May 30, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. Pander Bear

    What I find ironic and pathetic is that the same RWNJs that brushed off the entire Iraq invasion debacle as a failure of intelligence and basically said so what if 3500+ Americans died are the same people who are clamoring for the umpteenth commission investigation into Benghazi. You're not fooling anyone but the partisan fools you always fool.

    May 30, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. barryinlasvegas

    The Clinton machine in full attack mode with CNN leading the charge. She will be called to testify, after she has been subpoenaed with just lawyers asking her questions in a room with no television cameras where she will be under oath. The end.

    May 30, 2014 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. don in albuquerque

    bobo
    And you know this how???? Ouija Board, Tarot, magic crystals????????

    May 30, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. Pander Bear

    GOP = Millions of $ and wasted to re-investigate Benghazi while cutting funding for the VA.

    May 30, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    "Gowdy told CNN he's hard at work setting up the select committee and is looking for lawyers and investigators to fill 25 slots on the panel."

    He no doubt sent a request for resumes to Liberty University.
    --------------------------------
    Where is the right wing's concern about spending taxpayers' money with a 25 person panel? Millions and millions have already been spent on Benghazi alone, never mind the other "scandals." Now millions more will be spent. Well, it's a good thing that the GOTP is headstrong to realize that dragging Clinton through the mud is more likely to win her supporters than it is to lose them. Yup, Benghazi Burnout. Let's go for it. Full throttle ahead, Republicans.

    May 30, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. MaryM

    MORE republicans waste of time AND American Taxpayer Money. And the Majority of Americans know it. You lose repubs!!

    May 30, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    This entire Benghazi witch-hunt is repugnant on so many levels that I'm surprised that GOPerville is willing to go so far out on the their already fragile limb to drum up a narrative very few are willing to support to begin with.

    May 30, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. KAT

    Hillary is innocent

    May 30, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Donna

    I LOVE it!!! Good response Trey! He's WAY TOO SMART to take the bait from the MSM and now the Democrats sweating is increasing exponentially. If Hillary Clinton refuses to testify, subpoenas will be issued, if she refuses again, contempt proceedings. She will look like she is hiding and concealing, which is all she has done. It would not surprise me one bit if she appeared and took the 5th, just like that Lois Lerner IRS snake.

    May 30, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. hammerhead

    leave it alone....she can't be worse than obama....he is the worst ever

    May 30, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. rs

    bobo

    We need to know the truth! Hillary lied and men died!

    HILLARY LIED AND MEN DIED!
    _________________________
    Funny, 12 Republican led commissions have thus far failed to find such evidence. Not that facts or reality mean anything to the Right these days....

    May 30, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. truth hurts but reality bites

    Right now, Hillary Clinton is the first one to float the bogus video story....
    She is the original liar and Obama went along with it.

    Clinton on the Attack in Benghazi

    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    Office of the Spokesperson

    STATEMENT BY SECRETARY CLINTON

    Statement on the Attack in Benghazi

    I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our mission in Benghazi today. As we work to secure our personnel and facilities, we have confirmed that one of our State Department officers was killed. We are heartbroken by this terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and those who have suffered in this attack.

    This evening, I called Libyan President Magariaf to coordinate additional support to protect Americans in Libya. President Magariaf expressed his condemnation and condolences and pledged his government’s full cooperation.

    Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.

    In light of the events of today, the United States government is working with partner countries around the world to protect our personnel, our missions, and American citizens worldwide.

    May 30, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. rs

    Pander Bear

    GOP = Millions of $ and wasted to re-investigate Benghazi while cutting funding for the VA.
    ____________________
    That's the GOP way.

    May 30, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. Lily

    GOP with their man whose hair is falling apart every day , may be his brain (Gowdy), should let this issue die quietly. I can assure them, the more they will continue with their witch hunt, the more they will help Hillary. The recent poll after Karl Rove attacked her, was the first teaching lesson. I presume.

    May 30, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    " the Democrats sweating is increasing exponentially"

    LOL! Whatever helps you derp at night.

    May 30, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "It would not surprise me one bit if she appeared and took the 5th"

    Yeah, just like she did last time she testified and answered every single question asked?

    "just like that Lois Lerner IRS snake."

    ...just like that Lois Lerner Republican.

    FIFY

    May 30, 2014 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. ED 1

    Until they get the answers they should keep going.

    If they were you husband, father, brother, son, or whatever why would you stop asking questions.

    Hillary is no more innocent than Obama.

    May 30, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "If Hillary Clinton refuses to testify, subpoenas will be issued, if she refuses again, contempt proceedings."

    Really? Are you hopped up on bath salts or what? She testified under oath ALREADY. Your wild delusional fantasies about her running scared and refusing to do so a second time are seriously ridiculous. Your tantrum when you don't get that pony for Xmas is going to be hilarious.

    May 30, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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