Gowdy Won’t Say Why He Was A No-Show At Huma Questioning
Only two Republicans showed up to question Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin at a rare Benghazi hearing.
Committee member Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) earlier in the day described the meeting as “very productive,” without going into additional detail.
Abedin was a “senior official at the State Department at all of the relevant times [and] was privy to and had access to information that pertained to all of the things surrounding the events in Benghazi,” Pompeo added. Abedin was asked about Clinton’s controversial use of a private email server, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) told reporters, but only to the extent that the emails pertained to the situation in Benghazi.
Only three lawmakers attended the briefing: Pompeo, Westmoreland and top Democrat Elijah Cummings (Md.).
Committee chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) was notably absent from the proceedings. His office declined to detail why he was not present for the questioning, though it claimed that he had been in contact with staffers ahead of time and trusted them to “ask substantive, investigatory questions.”