Hoekstra: Gowdy May Not Have Access to All Benghazi Information

Thursday, 08 May 2014 03:53 PM

By Courtney Coren

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It remains to be seen if Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the House select committee chosen to investigate the Benghazi attack, will have access to all the information that he needs, says Pete Hoekstra, former House Intelligence Committee chairman.

Hoekstra told J.D. Hayworth, John Bachman, and Dick Morris on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV that his doubt comes from language in the measure before the House to approve the committee.

"There's this description that says the committee will have access to all relevant information," explained Hoekstra, a Republican who represented Michigan's 2nd Congressional District. "You all know how important words are, this leads potentially to some real infighting with other committee chairmen and with the White House as to what does 'relevant' mean?"

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"Clarity would have said the committee will have access to all areas and all information that it deems relevant, rather than leaving it up to others to debate the meaning of that word," he added.

Hoekstra said there's still time for the language to be corrected.

"I know that some members are scrambling to get this clarity in because Republicans want to make sure that this clearly is focused, you want to launch this committee as effectively and successfully as you can," the former House Intelligence Committee said.

"You don't want administrative road blocks holding up the functioning of this committee over the first week to 10 days," he added, especially considering the urgent nature of the committee that will have only a matter of months to complete its investigation.


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