The Truth about the Benghazi Committee's Work: 'Very Constructive,' 'Professionalism and Respect,' 'Overall Fair'

January 8, 2016
Blog Post

By Majority Staff

Democrats on the Benghazi Committee continue to waste taxpayer dollars playing politics. They have all endorsed the former Secretary of State for president, so they have no interest in assisting with the investigation. Instead, they undermine and obstruct it every chance they get, and they've shown they'll say and do anything to derail it

After Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff again criticized the committee's work this week, Chairman Trey Gowdy noted that "Adam has to say that. Remember, Adam voted against forming this committee in the first place, and he threatened not to participate, and he's threatened to walk away, and he called for it to be disbanded months ago. ... [Democrats] also put up an 'asked and answered' website before we interviewed the very first witness a year and a half ago." Watch Gowdy's comments yesterday here:

Here's an inconvenient truth: people who have interacted with the committee have good things to say about it.

Contradicting the Democrats' politically-motivated claims, former CIA Director David Petraeus said the committee's time with him was "very constructive":

After she testified, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's chief of staff Cheryl Mills said Benghazi Republicans were respectful and professional, and thanked them for the work they are doing to get the facts:

Even Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the committee who CNN said was "doing Clinton's work for her," admitted in a moment of honesty that the committee treated the former Secretary of State's deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin fairly:

The American people deserve the truth, and the families of the four victims deserve answers. As Gowdy said, "I have accepted the reality that we’re going to be criticized no matter what we do, so we might as well provide a complete and exhaustive report."

The committee is still waiting to receive crucial documents from the State Department and the CIA, and still waiting for the White House to agree to provide Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes for interviews. But the work continues. The 66th witness was interviewed yesterday, and today the committee is questioning former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.


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