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Benghazi Committee Member Rep. Pompeo Calls Clinton Accusations 'Absurd'

MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports."

By    |   Thursday, 15 Oct 2015 02:25 PM

Accusations that the House Select Committee on Benghazi was created to thwart Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign are "absurd," Rep. Mike Pompeo, a member of the committee, said Thursday, and he thinks Americans will understand that even more when she takes the stand next week.

"I have been on this investigation with Chairman [Trey] Gowdy and six other Republicans for 14 months," the Republican Kansas lawmaker told MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports" program.

He continued that Americans will see that the committee has conducted "dozens and dozens of interviews with people no committee had interviewed before," while doing its probe on the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the Benghazi, Libya diplomatic compound, killing U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

On Friday, the committee will interview Clinton aide Huma Abedin, and Clinton herself will take the stand on Oct. 22, but the Benghazi committee's role won't end with that, Pompeo promised.

"You may lose interest in it, but we won't because we have an important mission to solve the riddle of how this preventable incident lead to the deaths of four Americans, and no one to this date has been held accountable for that," Pompeo said.

On Wednesday, New York GOP Rep. Richard Hanna told the Keeler in the Morning radio show in New York that it may not be "politically correct, but I think that there was a big part of this investigation that was designed to go after people, and an individual, Hillary Clinton."

His comments came a few weeks after McCarthy had made statements linking the committee to Clinton's political aspirations, and then backing down from those statements.

On Thursday, Pompeo said the committee will focus on its mission, even though "people will accuse us of all kinds of things."

"We had critiques we weren't doing enough, attacks saying it's political," said Pompeo. "You do your job. We have a mission. There are four Americans. We haven't had an ambassador murdered since 1979, and this man was killed on her [Clinton's] watch. We have been fighting to get documents from her for an awfully long time."

But he refused to comment on whether she has the qualifications to become president.

"We have the obligation next Thursday to ask her questions," said Pompeo. "Whether she has the qualifications to be president, the American people will sort out 13 months from now."

Also on Thursday, Pompeo commented on President Barack Obama's announcement that troops will remain in Afghanistan until after his term in office ends.

"I wish the troop number was actually going to be greater but I'm glad it's not going to be zero," Pompeo said.

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