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

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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. otlset

    Besides Hillary's incompetence in protecting our personnel in that extremely dangerous part of the world, at this very moment Libya is in chaos as numerous Islamic and ethnic groups are at each other's throats, violence and mayhem is now the norm in that now-ruined and lawless country. THIS is the sad and infuriating legacy of Hillary's and Obama's foreign policy during her time at State. THIS is why Hillary Clinton should never even be considered for high office ever again.

    May 30, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. freedom

    Totally agree with Trey Gowdy! He should also call David Patraeus to testify – he knows everything that went down with Benghazi – and mysteriously resigned right before the re- election of Obama – his testimony would link directly to Hilary AND Obama. Let's get the TRUTH once and for all.

    May 30, 2014 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. Brhino

    Im not sure why folks are so hostile about these hearings. Wouldn't mrs. Clinton and president Obama like to get the facts out? Why all the anger, name calling and political posturing? Isn't this the most transparent administration in US history? I don't see what this administration would lose by just being honest and saying " Hey, we screwed up!" instead of all this twisting and turning and attempted political gamesmanship. Hillary could have ended this last year by doing that, but it seems like she doesnt want that. It would seem that Hillary thinks she can keep this alive until the election so that America will have a pity party for her, and it's probably a big mistake.

    May 30, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. Dead Bear

    I'm not going to even waste my breath trying to respond to any of regurgitations of the talking heads on AM radio. The only thing I will say is this will all blow up in the GOP's face, big time.

    May 30, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Pathetic part of republican trash is they are more worried of getting elected than problem solving. No wonder people are hating this party of "No". So only unnecessary dirt splash.

    May 30, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. R

    Hillary plotted those deaths before Obama was elected.
    This is the greatest conspiracy since the Hindenburg.
    And the biggest tax increase since Lincoln.

    May 30, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. truth hurts but reality bites

    OK, lefties.... I posted Clinton's original statement on the night of the attack blaming it on the video. She is the original liar, all to cover her big behind and try and save her skin, as well Obama's in the coming election. Refute it. Deny it exists.

    May 30, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. Gunderson

    Well Sorry,
    This is an assessment of the Obama Administration. All is fair in love and war, and politics! It's another look at Obama Leading from behind with the Leading part suspect. Get used to it. They wasted 2 and one half years on Watergate. What did they get? 12 Years of Republicans in the White House! You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time but you can't fool all of the people all of the time! The mess the liberals have left us in these last 100 years won't be fixed anytime soon, if at all.

    May 30, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Smitty

    Hows Monica and Willie ??? Hows the 4 people you let get killed, How do you live with yourself??? Hilly just go away!!

    May 30, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC


    The Clintons and Obama are cut from the same mold- Power and lie to get there!
    Let's flip the coin over, shall we? What mold are Republicans cut from? Obviously, they'd be cut from the GOTP leaders, and who might that be? Who are the leaders? What about the conservatives who got the biggest applause at some these major conservative gatherings they've held lately? Who appeared?

    Uh, Rush Limbaugh.
    Uh, Donald Trump.
    Uh, Phil(?) Robertson.

    Republicans would be much better off if some of these molds had been thrown away.

    May 30, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC


    All the Dems have to do is plop the CIA person who gave them the incorrect info in front of this committee and this whole thing ends.
    No, it wouldn't. If anything, a confession would set off a whole new set of investigations. It would be like a shark feeding frenzy when a drop of blood hits the water. The sharks are already circling. They're just waiting for the first blood drop.

    May 30, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC


    "Yup, Benghazi Burnout. Let's go for it. Full throttle ahead, Republicans."

    I suspect in a few days we're going to be treated with a national poll insisting Americans are really, really tuned into the whole BENGHAZI talking points thingy.

    Momentum, Rudy. Momentum.
    Good. I hope they build up a really big false head of steam.

    May 30, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    " the bait from the MSM "

    "Bait" for what? They were no doubt stupid, mindless questions, but nothing nefarious...just more tabloid journalism.

    May 30, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Janet Nappylotto

    For the last time!!!
    "It was a spontaneous group of protestors upset about the YouTube video"!!!
    The nefarious film maker was captured and thrown in jail! Now make way for the next loser of the 2016 Preidential election, Mrs. Bill Clinton!

    May 30, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. Richard in Houston

    Wash, rinse and repeat. Still can't get that spot out.

    May 30, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Silence DoGood

    The reality – initial assessment was wrong and this was clarified later
    1st version conspiracy – it was mismanaged
    2nd version conspiracy – it was lied about
    3rd version conspiracy – no one cared and they lied
    4th version conspiracy – they actually caused the deaths
    5th version conspiracy – they planned and caused the deaths
    6th version conspiracy – they planned the deaths in an attempt to set up an evil satanic socialist dictatorship
    7th version conspiracy – they planned the deaths in an attempt to set up an evil satanic socialist dictatorship with space alien help

    May 30, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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