Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Rep. Tre Gowdy (R.-S.C.), chairman of the House Benghazi Committee, fought back against personal attacks and allegations of political motivations, both related to the Benghazi investigation. According to critics, the investigation is political, targeting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Gowdy struck at his detractors in general, and directly at Clinton.
Calling attacks on his character and motives “1,000 times worse than” physical harm, Gowdy called his attackers’ motives into question. Declaring that he understands the timing of the increased criticism (On Thursday Clinton will appear before the Benghazi Committee) Gowdy stated, “I don’t think that that is a coincidence; it’s an attempt to marginalize and impugn the credibility of the panel that’s going to be asking her questions,” he added.

To Clinton, Gowdy said, “You are not worth 18 months of my life, with all due respect. Four dead people are, but you’re not.”
Gowdy said that the last couple of weeks have “been among the worst weeks of my life.”

According to Gowdy, Rep. Peter Roskam (R.-Ill.) warned him that the investigation would get nasty. Gowdy described Roskam’s comments as an “older brother saying, ‘You keep believing in the tooth fairy.’”
“I knew it would get worse,” said Gowdy, “but I didn’t know how bad.”

Gowdy says for now all he can do is try to finish the investigation in Washington’s highly political environment.

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