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Gowdy to GOP Colleagues: 'Shut Up' About Benghazi Probe


Sunday, 18 October 2015 09:17 PM

Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee set to hear testimony from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday, said Sunday it is time for his fellow Republicans to put a cork in it about the investigation if they aren't actually on the panel and know what is going on.

Appearing Sunday on "Face the Nation," Gowdy said some of his colleagues should "shut up talking about things that you don't know anything about. And unless you're on the committee, you have no idea what we have done, why we have done it and what new facts we have found."

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy started Gowdy's problems when he appeared on Fox News Channel's "Hannity" saying that the committee was driving down Clinton's presidential poll numbers. Though he said he had misspoken and that he didn't mean that that was the committee's purpose in being formed, the damage was done as Democrats and Clinton herself pounced.

Bradley Podliska, a former GOP investigator for the committee, and New York Republican Rep. Richard Hanna both have said the panel has turned toward taking aim at Clinton over her use of a private email server.

Gowdy called them as "three people who don't have any idea what they're talking about."

He denied taking aim at Clinton for political purposes

"Four dead Americans is more than enough work for me. She's [Clinton] a witness. She was the secretary of state. You have to talk to her. But we have already talked to 50 people not named Clinton. We're going to talk to another couple of dozen not named Clinton."

In an interview with Politico, Gowdy said the allegations of political motivation have been taxing. The formal federal prosecutor originally was hailed as the choice to lead the probe because of his nonpartisanship.

"I would say in some ways these have been among the worst weeks of my life," Gowdy told Politico. "Attacks on your character, attacks on your motives, are 1,000-times worse than anything you can do to anybody physically — at least it is for me."

But he isn't surprised either, considering the high stakes Democrats face with their front-runner in the hot seat.

"It's not lost on me that the uptick in criticism is [happening] the two weeks before she’s coming," he said. "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."

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