Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy responded to Hillary Clinton’s recent accusations that Congress’ Benghazi investigations are the “same old partisan games” on Chris Wallace’s “Fox News Sunday,” saying she has lashed out in frustration and blamed a “nonexistent right-wing conspiracy.”
Clinton, earlier this week in Iowa, stated: “I won’t get down in the mud with them. I won’t play politics with national security or dishonor the memory of those who we lost. I won’t pretend that this is anything other than what it is, the same old partisan games we’ve seen so many times before.”
Gowdy responded to Wallace’s question if the investigation is partisan by noting that investigators are Obama appointees and that Clinton is blaming a conspiracy, rather than herself.
“The inspector general isn’t partisan. Neither one of them. In fact, they were nominated by President Obama and confirmed by a Harry Reid-lead Senate. The FBI is not partisan. I get that she’s frustrated. Her poll numbers of tanking. Folks who never thought about getting in the race are getting in the race,” Gowdy said.
“But she need not blame House Republicans for having her own personal server, for exclusively using private e-mail, for telling us the Sydney Blumenthal e-mails were unsolicited and then we later find out they were not. For telling us there was no classified information, then we later find out that there was. For telling us the public rec was complete and then we found 15 e-mails she never turned over to the State Department. I get that she’s frustrated. Sometimes when people are frustrated, they look in the mirror and engage in self-reflection. Sometimes they lash out and blame nonexistent right-wing conspiracy and apparently she has chosen to do the latter.”
Wallace then pressed Gowdy, suggesting a video of House Speaker John Boehner knocking Clinton “looks like a negative campaign video.”
“Well, I haven’t seen it [the video]. I can tell you this, Chris, we’ve interviewed three dozens witnesses, not a single one of them has been named Clinton. She hasn’t been called before the committee yet. once she comes before the committee, I suspect people’s interest in talking to me is going to dissipate down to being non-existent. We’ve gotten tens of thousands of pages from other executive branch entities that no other committee of congress has gotten,” Gowdy responded.
“So again, I would tell you this, had it not been for this unusual e-mail arrangement that she had with herself, you and I would not be talking this morning. You don’t know the name of a single other person we’ve interviewed as a part of our committee. You haven’t seen any of the documents that we’ve acquired from the executive branch entities,” Gowdy added. “We’re trying to run the investigation the way that serious investigations are run. But low and behold, we find something that all seven of those other committees that she claims looked into benghazi never found.”
“We’re going to follow facts wherever they go and if that impacts people’s perception of her fitness to be commander in chief, so be it.”