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. Silence DoGood

    @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.
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    Yeah – if refuses to tell her story for the 100th time, that will really be bad for her.
    Just like when Obama refused to reveal his "secret" birth certificate for the 100th time. That really finished his career!
    Or NOT.

    May 30, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    -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.
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    And what will this new investigation uncover that the previous 12 have not? Do you ever get tired of beating the drum over and over, with no change? Or is this simply about the inability of the Right to accept that their desired outcome is nothing more than a fantasy?

    May 30, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    This is nothing but a witch hunt. There's already 8 hearings.

    May 30, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Silence DoGood

    @bobo

    We need to know the truth! Hillary lied and men died!
    HILLARY LIED AND MEN DIED!
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    The conspiracy theory is morphing before our eyes!
    Now Hillary actually lied about Benghazi before it even happened!

    May 30, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Trey Gowdy / Darrell Issa 2016

    Because you can't take the Truth !

    May 30, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    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.
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    First of all, Clinton has not refused any subpoenas. You know? It sounds like the outcome is pre-ordained to me. It will make for good political theater for the extreme right, which will translate into votes for more moderate and left leaning candidates. Who in their right mind would want to put berserkers in charge of anything?

    May 30, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. Dean

    More arrogant than Obama. Does not deserve to hold any public office.

    May 30, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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.... "

    Well, rs ... they ARE willing to spend millions upon millions of dollars looking for something we already know: 4 Americans died in Benghazi. My God, we're talking 25 (paid committe panel ) "slots" alone opening up at taxpayer expense. One presumes this will include the usual travel, food, and other "necessities" added to those reaching "slot" levels.

    This doesn't even include the millions already spent on similar "investigations".

    Quite the fiscal conservatism rearing its head in our House of Representatives.

    May 30, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. alternate reality

    Hillary lied, and men died, in that order? Just gotta twist facts don't ya? P.O.S.

    May 30, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "Like Issa did ??"

    Yep.

    " Are they going to selectively edit responses and cherry pick what they make public like Issa did[?]"

    Yep.

    "Are they going to end up at the same conclusion Issa did? ERGO: NOTHING !"

    Nope. This is their final stab at the apple. They will take the same evidence (and lack thereof) already produced through the other investigations and write a report full of baseless conclusions and 2016 GOP/Teatroll talking points for their candidates/nominee. The Dems on the Select Committee will then refuse to sign onto it or vote for it because it's such a completely delusional farce, full of illogical and irrational assumptions and tenuous interpretations of the "evidence." The GOP/Teatrolls will then busy themselves pretending they convicted Clinton and the MSM will continue to pick its proverbial butt, broadcasting whatever the GOP/Teatrolls say as legitimate without ever actually bothering to analyze anything....and then having a couple of semi-sentient bobbleheads argue about it on the air like trained seals.

    May 30, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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.

    May 30, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. smith

    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.

    May 30, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. jboh

    Bobo, Bush lied and 4000+ died. Reagan lied and 275 Marines died. Now go get your Koch roach paycheck troll.

    May 30, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. smith

    .

    May 30, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. rla

    The Clintons and Obama are cut from the same mold- Power and lie to get there!

    May 30, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. The REAL Truth...

    @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.
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    You would love it, but Trey's no smarter than Issa was.. both of them digging in the mud for worms. Hilary has already testified, and will probably refer to prior testimony content if subpoena'd. She won't refuse.. no need to, but keep up the wishful thinking.. about Dems sweating.. yawn.

    May 30, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. PaulCat

    ......and who's paying for those trips?

    May 30, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Silence DoGood

    @smith
    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.
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    You know that is not true. The conspiracy theory folks would just say "well they secretly told a guy to tell the CIA guy to tell us...." You get the idea. Conspiracy theories cannot die.

    May 30, 2014 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. alternate reality

    Donna, Einstein has a term for your condition, insanity. Trying the exact same thing over, and over, expecting different results, priceless!

    May 30, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  20. alternate reality

    Smith: and that's exactly why issa never did, and this panel won't either .

    May 30, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Silence DoGood

    @rla
    The Clintons and Obama are cut from the same mold- Power and lie to get there!
    -----------
    It is amazing that two people that the conservative hate rumor mill has described as "brain damaged, sick, and old" and "do-nothing inexperienced community organizer" have conspired brilliantly to pull off the most devious and efficient take over in history.

    May 30, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. Donna

    Hillary Clinton also lied in 1996 about being under sniper fire in Bosnia. This woman has a long history of lying to people. She is a lawyer so that should not come as a shock. Heck, she's been lying to herself about her marriage and Bill Clinton. Maybe she has simply lost touch with reality and can't tell fact from fiction and lives in a world of fantasy and denial.

    May 30, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. Silence DoGood

    @Dean
    More arrogant than Obama. Does not deserve to hold any public office.
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    I suppose you might say this smart woman and successful black man are pretty "uppity".
    Thanks for elaborating the conservative core issue.

    May 30, 2014 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. rla

    Hillary has had three epasodes of health issues that you don't want happening at 4Am Nuf said

    May 30, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. Rick McDaniel

    Clinton would NOT tell the truth before, and she will NOT tell the truth NOW!

    May 30, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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