The House Select Committee on Benghazi continues its spiral into chaos. Its chairman, Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC), slammed fellow Republican, Richard Hanna (R-NY), for his revelations that the whole purpose of the committee was to bring down Hillary Clinton. As the GOP breaks ranks, can a complete downfall of this sham of an investigation be far behind?
There are seven members of the Benghazi Committee who are intimately familiar with the work of the committee, the motives behind the work, and the results of that work. Congressman Hanna is not one of them.
Running investigations in a private, fact-centric way is unquestionably the right way to conduct a serious investigation. The pitfall, of course, is that commentators, and sometimes even members of your own conference, offer thoughts on matters on which they are not familiar.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy also said that the purpose of the panel was to bring Hillary down. Furthermore, there is a staffer who has filed suit against the committee because he believes he was fired for refusing to target Hillary. Although Hanna has since said that his comments on this were being misinterpreted, it’s like the dominoes are falling, and Gowdy is very unhappy.
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), another member of the Benghazi committee, sides with Gowdy on this. He told Renee Montagne, of NPR, that they’re just wrong. He said that they haven’t actually been engaged in what work the committee has been doing since May of last year, so they don’t really know what’s going on.
Pompeo further claimed that the committee was focusing on Hillary’s emails because they had to contain a huge piece to the Benghazi puzzle that was missing. He also said that the committee has been very professional in many ways, including not leaking crucial information. Pompeo believes that, in the end, the American people will see that the committee did a very important job.
In other words, Pompeo is Benghazingly Benghaziing his Benghazist Benghazis in order to continue to try and sell the rightness of the committee to the American people. Beating the Benghazi drum is the only way to turn the focus off of their witch-hunt against Hillary Clinton.
UPI says that Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) has filed ethics complaints against both McCarthy and Gowdy in light of these revelations. Because of that, we can expect Gowdy to further defend the committee’s actions until they’re either fully cleared, or, as we expect, they run out of defenses for this.
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