From: usatoday.com, by Trey Gowdy, on Oct 7, 2015, see the article HERE.
This Benghazi committee has interviewed 41 witnesses no other committee interviewed.
The American people will judge the Select Committee on Benghazi on our actions, not the words of others unfamiliar with our work.
Similarly, those calling for an end to the committee are either satisfied with an incomplete inquiry into the deaths of four Americans in Libya or unconcerned with accountability as it relates to the public record.
This committee has interviewed 41 witnesses no other committee interviewed. Seven were eyewitnesses to the attacks. We have reviewed 50,000 pages of documents never before given to Congress — including the emails of top State Department personnel. And, for the first time, State is committed to finally providing all Ambassador Stevens’ emails by week’s end.
Secretary Clinton was in charge at all times relevant to our inquiry, so of course we need her public record and testimony. But she is one witness. Her emails make up 5% of what the committee has.
It is true other panels conducted Benghazi inquiries. It is equally true they failed to interview dozens of key witnesses, failed to access all information and inexcusably missed Clinton’s exclusive use of private email on her personal server for official business.
The House Intelligence Committee report has been wrongly used to clear the administration. As the author, former Rep. Mike Rogers, said, “Some have said the report exonerates the State Department and White House. It does not.”
Our committee has also accessed new documents from the White House, CIA, Defense Department and Justice Department. Our committee does not trot out or trumpet every piece of new information uncovered or release selective portions of witness interviews, because credible investigations pursue facts, not headlines.
The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth is more than a rote phrase. It should be the guiding principle of a serious investigation. Perhaps our critics could live without the 41 new witnesses, seven eyewitnesses, 50,000 new documents and emails from the secretary of State and Ambassador Stevens. We could not. We will keep working until the last fact is uncovered.
Seven previous investigations “found nothing.”
We hear that from the democrats who KNOW that, so far, they’ve been successful in hiding, obfuscating, and covering up the administration’s and Hillary’s screw-ups. Mostly via non-cooperation, but also by political pressure on witnesses, they’ve managed to whitewash and neuter each of the previous so-called investigations. So, as far as they’re concerned, everything has been said, everyone has been interviewed, all the facts are in, and the verdict is that no one did anything wrong.
But now, Rep. Gowdy tells us that he and the committee have questioned 41 (that’s forty-one) additional witnesses that no one else called – how could that be? Seven of them were eyewitnesses to the attacks – why weren’t they interviewed by the other seven groups? And why didn’t the other seven groups uncover Hillary’s secret, personal server? Even the Ambassador’s emails have never been viewed by any of those other committees – why not?
There’s an easy answer to that question. It’s clear that the previous seven “investigations” were just theater – just for show – and weren’t intended to find any fault with the Obama administration – or Hillary Clinton. That simply wouldn’t have been convenient for the democrat’s 2016 election hopes. So, there were lies, memory lapses, forgotten facts, unavailable witnesses and documents, etc., all of which was part of the plan to investigate the Benghazi attack and find nothing. So, that’s what they found – exactly what they planned – nothing.
But they didn’t figure on an eighth investigation; an honest one – a real one. One led by Rep. Trey Gowdy searching for the ugly truth.
Maybe they’re not as smart as they thought they were, eh?