Republicans Now Stand Accused In A Benghazi Cover-Up
[su_right_ad]After wasting so much time and money trying to pin the Benghazi disaster on Democrats, Republicans came up empty. Not content with that, they pressed on. That was a big mistake, because now they have been caught holding secret meetings and hiding information which (surprise, surprise) still doesn’t back up their conspiracy theories.
Last year, after Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) was tapped by House Speaker John Boehner to lead yet another Benghazi probe, he promised to helm an inquiry that would “transcend politics.” But now, eight months into this latest investigation, Democrats on the House Select [su_thin_right_skyscraper_ad]Committee on Benghazi have hit Gowdy with a sharp charge: that he and his Republican investigators have conducted secret meetings with witnesses without informing their Democratic colleagues on the committee. And they say that some of these interviews have yielded information that undercuts anti-Obama Benghazi allegations promoted by conservatives. In other words, the Democrats are suggesting that Gowdy has been mounting a Benghazi cover-up of his own.
Gowdy defends himself by saying that the investigation is fair even if conducted by only one party. He denies charges that political motives are fueling his never ending instigation. Democrats, bolstered by facts showing otherwise, remain unconvinced.
Chairman Gowdy claims that our letters “politically characterize sources private discussions with the Committee without proper context.” This is incorrect. Democratic members tried to resolve these issues privately for months before we were forced to go public. None of the witnesses told us that they wanted their information to be confidential or private, and we only released the portions of their statements that were necessary to explain our concerns…..
Chairman Gowdy’s rules package does not fix the problems we have identified with excluding Democrats from witness interviews. He has also refused to permit a Committee vote on any rules unless Democrats agree to vote for his language – thereby denying Democrats a public debate and vote on the issue.
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