Smith Statement on the Two-Year Anniversary of the Benghazi Committee

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adam Smith, a Member of the Benghazi Select Committee and Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the two-year anniversary of the creation of the Select Committee:?

May 8, 2016

staff then accidentally leaks the name of that individual.  The CIA quickly debunks Gowdy’s allegation.   ?

(7)  October 19, 2015:  The Washington Post reports on links between Gowdy and Stop Hillary PAC, which describes itself as “created for one reason only—to ensure Hillary Clinton never becomes President of the United States.”  Gowdy’s leadership PAC, Themis, shared the same treasurer as Stop Hillary PAC since 2013, an outspoken Clinton opponent named Dan Backer who also served as treasurer on three other PACs that each donated $2,000 to Gowdy for Congress.  Only after being confronted with these facts by the Post did Gowdy return these donations.  In September 2014, STOP Hillary PAC spent $10,000 on robocalls and other efforts in support of Gowdy.?

(8)  October 22, 2015:  Gowdy holds a marathon, 11-hour hearing with Secretary Clinton that is widely condemned by even conservatives commentators as a “carnival road show,”  “overkill,”  a “PR disaster for the GOP,”  a “big fat flop,”  and “a very bad day for Trey Gowdy and the Republicans.”  Gowdy concedes that the hearing revealed nothing new:  “In terms of her testimony?  I don’t know that she testified that much differently today than she has the previous time she testified.”

Donald Trump—now the presumptive Republican presidential nominee—calls Gowdy’s hearing “a total disaster” that “was not good for Republicans and for the country.”  He tweets, “Face it, Trey Gowdy failed miserably on Benghazi.”  He then refers to him as “Benghazi loser Gowdy.”  ?

(9)  February 11, 2016:  Gowdy starts withholding copies of Committee interview transcripts from Democrats in violation of House rules.  He later explains that he is withholding these transcripts from Democrats because he fears they might release more of them in response to his own unilateral releases:  “Committee transcripts will not leave the Majority’s control due to the Minority’s stated intention to selectively release them at will.?

(10)  April 29, 2016:  The Pentagon takes the highly unusual step of sending a letter to Gowdy exposing the latest GOP abuses, including dragging out the investigation, requesting duplicative and unnecessary witnesses, and asking witnesses to “speculate or engage in discussing on the record hypotheticals.”  The letter states that the Pentagon “expended significant resources” trying to locate an individual identified as “John from Iowa,” who called into Sean Hannity’s radio show and alleged he was a Remotely Piloted Aircraft camera operator and saw the video feed from the night of the attack.  Gowdy wanted to interview him even though the Select Committee already had access to the relevant video from that night.?