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Trey Gowdy Shrugs at Death Threat Linked to Benghazi Panel

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By Greg Richter   |   Wednesday, 07 May 2014 10:30 PM

Rep. Trey Gowdy is laughing off a death threat he received after being named chairman of the House select committee on Benghazi.

Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly expressed concern about the threat when interviewing the South Carolina Republican on Wednesday, but Gowdy seemed unfazed.

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"I was a prosecutor for 16 years. This is not my first death threat," Gowdy said. "I'm always happy when it doesn't come from my wife, and this one did not. So, I'm going to be fine, and it's not going to keep me from doing my job."

Gowdy also told Kelly he intends to subpoena former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during his investigation but may not have her testify at a hearing. The rules at hearings limit the time committee members can ask questions, Gowdy said, and he thinks he can get more information if he has Clinton make a deposition.

Kelly pointed out that Clinton told ABC News that she thinks all questions on Benghazi have been answered, and Kelly asked whether Clinton would be able to get out of making a deposition.

"If she can get out of a subpoena, she can get out of it," Gowdy said. "But I don't send invitations to cocktail parties."

If Clinton doesn't comply with the subpoena, she'll suffer the same consequences as anyone else would, he said.

As to Clinton's comment to ABC that Republicans in Congress choose not to be satisfied that the truth about the Benghazi attacks has been determined, Gowdy said, "There are three separate categories of questions, each with sub-units within them that have not been answered. I realize it's been 20 months, but time is no barometer of thoroughness."

Four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, died in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya. Republicans say White House officials blamed the attack on outrage over an anti-Muslim video even though they knew it was a planned terrorist attack.

They say administration officials didn't want to hurt the re-election chances of President Barack Obama with the vote less than two months away.

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