WOW: Dems Defy Trey Gowdy, Break House Rules With Release Of Secret...

WOW: Dems Defy Trey Gowdy, Break House Rules With Release Of Secret Benghazi Docs

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., speaks with the media on the East Front of the Capitol after a vote in the House, July 31, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Emboldened by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s recent comments, Democrats on the House committee investigating Benghazi have released testimony marked secret by the committee’s Chairman, Trey Gowdy.

Gowdy is sure to be infuriated by the unilateral move, which many argue breaks House rules and undoubtedly makes the already contentious House Select Committee On Benghazi even more divisive.

According to The Hill: 

“Defying the orders of Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the Democrats on Monday released portions of a secret transcript containing the testimony of Cheryl Mills, a Clinton aide and confidante.

Upping the ante further, the committee’s five Democrats threatened to release the full transcript of Mills’s closed-door testimony, which lasted for nine hours, unless Gowdy gives them a reason not to.

“We believe it is time to begin releasing the transcripts of interviews conducted by the Select Committee in order to correct the public record after numerous inaccurate Republican leaks, and we plan to begin this process by releasing the full transcript of Ms. Mills’ interview,” the panel’s five Democratic lawmakers wrote in a letter to Gowdy.

The Democrats gave Gowdy, the State Department and lawyers for Mills five days to say whether any portions of the full transcript should remain private for national security reasons.

Republicans said the release of the partial transcript violated House rules, and accused Democrats of acting upon “naked political motivation” to help Clinton “without regard for the integrity of the investigation.”

“Most Democrats on the Benghazi Committee have endorsed Clinton, and they are now running a protection effort for the former secretary,” said Jamal Ware, a spokesman for Gowdy.

“It is one thing to merely sit idly by while others do serious work, it is quite another to attempt to undercut that work with selective leaks in violation of House Rules.”

The transcript leak represents a major escalation in the partisan warfare that has gripped the Benghazi committee since its creation last year.

Democrats have been dialing up their attacks ever since Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) — the front-runner to be the next Speaker — last week credited the Benghazi committee with sinking Clinton’s poll numbers in her bid for the White House next year.

The remark drew repudiation from Republicans and gave Democrats an opening to assail an investigation they have portrayed as a politically motivated “witch hunt” against their presidential front-runner.”

The article notes that Hillary Clinton is now on the offense instead of the hot seat as the big October 22nd hearing nears.

“Clinton, who is scheduled to deliver her long-awaited testimony to the Benghazi committee on Oct. 22, has dialed up her rhetoric as well. On Monday she accused Republicans of “exploit[ing]” the 2012 attack, which left four Americans dead, “for political reasons.”

“This committee was set up, as they have admitted, for the purpose of making a partisan political issue out of the deaths of four Americans,” Clinton said in an interview on NBC’s “Today.” “If I were president, and there were Republicans or Democrats thinking about that, I would have done everything to shut it down.”

Democrats last week toyed with the idea of boycotting the Benghazi committee to protest its actions. But Monday’s move shows they might be able to do more damage from within.”

Conservative Intel recently wondered if Clinton will use the controversy to avoid her October 22nd testimony.

“Even if Dems don’t abandon it, Hillary could. The Benghazi issue has been a pain in Clinton’s side, and if she can use McCarthy’s comments to back out of testifying, don’t think she won’t. Hillary could well calculate that the backlash for not testifying pales in comparison to drama she may encounter at the hearing. And that drama could translate into quotes and videos that haunt Hillary all the way to November 2016 if she can win the primary.

And if Clinton does rescind her acceptance, what does it mean for McCarthy? One would think it doesn’t bode well to lose a great opportunity to push someone who is possibly the next President on an issue of vital importance-not the way McCarthy would like to start his reign as House Speaker.”

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30 COMMENTS

  1. If the Democrats boycott the committee it will further prove they are hiding something and protecting..the then Sec’y of State..the emails of her Libya deal will also prove interesting..

  2. Hey Gowdy, Give this Benghazi crap up and move on to something useful. That’s what we pay you for. The country has been over this time and time again. There’s nothing here. Quit wasting our money and our time.

    • There’s plenty here! Why do you think they’re trying so hard to avoid it??? Try putting your feet into the shoes of the Benghazi boys’ parents.

      • Where do you get the fantasy that they’re trying to avoid it? You just make that crap up? The Dems are yawning from boredom. The country has been over this ad nauseam, and moved on. The only people who can’t get over it are the conspiracy rubes. This just makes Gowdy look stupid and spreads manure on all conservatives. This issue is done. Nothing here. Get over it.

        • Keep dreaming. Haven’t you considered the possibility that no one who knows what’s been done by Hillary wants her indicted until Obama no longer has the power to pardon her?

          Or, that they know enough about the Clintons to know that they will turn on Obama as soon as he is of no use to them?

    • Hogwash & speak for yourself nimwit. And lets be clear I can not stand either of these crap parties so its NOT about sides one side or the other. The fact of the matter is an Ambassador was killed on foreign soil. That in of itself is an Act of War. Someone needs to be held accountable for that. Besides that we dont forget other ppl were killed at the time as well. So for anyone to say its time to move on or not get to the bottom of who is responsible is outright INSANITY. We send ppl to DC to do a job, and when they fail to do it and someone is killed because of it then they need to suffer some consequence. And no the slap on the wrist or just loosing a job doesn’t cut it

  3. NO! WE THE PEOPLE want truth. Go get them Trey! Make them tell the truth and prosscute the traitors!

  4. McCarthy is an idiot , why would anyone want him as Speaker , he could easily be worse than Boehner. Why would he make a statement like that after all the work that the committee has done so far .

    • McCarthy is horrible. He was Eric Cantor’s stooge. He will be worse that Boehner because he isn’t as smart if you can believe that.

    • You have the RINOs that will vote for him and by his statement he got Leftist that would vote for him…I think he knew what he was doing.

    • The House of Representatives has a history of electing idiots to the the position Speaker of the House. They would do so again if they had the votes necessary. All the Calif. Democrat members would lead the vote it they have the chance.

  5. McCarthy is an absolute idiot. He is part of the McConnell, Boehner (and formerly Cantor) wing of the inside the beltway RINO contingent. I saw him speak with Eric Cantor several years ago and he was about a quarter inch deep. He literally used to be a used car salesman in Bakersfield, CA. He is a go along to get along Republican. The Benghazi travesty is an indictment of the Obama administration and how they are completely out of touch with the danger of islamic terror. They doctored the intel report to comport with obama’s lie that al Qaeda was on the run. Something fishy was going on at the consulate and they don’t want anyone to know.

    • You are right on. Had an employee in Libya when this happened – he said the tribal leaders in the area knew Al Qaeda was in the area. Nothing moves without the locals knowing about it. He said the video was complete BS. the world is a smaller place these days – i can’t really believe these people had the gall to lie to everyone and the families of the deceased. They should be run out of town – it is a shameful betrayal of our trust – just to duck responsibility. They should be pursued. I thought this only happened in 3rd world countries – but that is what we have currently.

  6. You can bet that Hillary will self-declare some reason that she can exclude herself from testifying. Watch and see.

  7. Conservatives got the pathetic leaders they dislike so much due to the succession tradition; Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, Cornyn, McCarthy, Scalise. Ugh! Republican’s WILL be choosing a non-politician as their nominee in 2016. Congress needs to get with the program and buck their own archaic, ineffective internal system this time as well.

  8. It’s only the extreme right of this party that cares about any of this Benghazi conspiracy garbage. They are destroying the credibility of the Republican party in front of all Americans. Keep it up and you’ll split the party, drive the moderates away and guarantee the election of a Dem next year. It’s neck and neck right now and you’re screwing it up.

    • Honestly the Republican Party has governed just like the democrats were still in charge? Obamacare, IRS scandals, illegal immigration and planned parenthood are all thriving under Republican leaders in the house and senate. I dare you to name one major issue that Obama has lost to republicans since they took control of both houses?

  9. For once can someone tear the political curtain down – The sad truth is that too many of our “politicians” can’t tell the truth – for political reasons and that has become the norm. Benghazi highlights what we all know – no one is held accountable – not even when boneheaded decisions are made and four Americans lose their lives. At least in the past – politicians would move out the way and let the hard working administrative personnel do what they are paid to do. Now – everything is politics and nothing works. Just look at that JV team called ISIS – creating more death and refugee migrations than any war in recent times. Why? cause we did nothing. just like Benghazi… stop the merry go round — it is bad for the US and world. Pursue the truth and dole out the consequences – like all Americans have to face everyday.

  10. Mc Carthy is completely brain dead. He doesn’t have the intellect to be a congressman let alone Speaker. His little moment of fame was the most inept , damaging sound bite by a politician, I have ever heard.

  11. Everyone remember are ambassador Chis Stevens being killed and drug rapedice and not one person brought to justice Our brave men fighting and the best they get is Obama and Hillary in a hanger lying to the parents Now we have Eliijah Cummings who should be charged with obstruction of justice

  12. McCarthy shouldn’t be speaker. Especially since he can’t think before he talks. He knew better than to say such a thing. I’d say he did it on purpose knowing the trouble it might cause. Republican leaders are in the same page as democrats.
    Gowdy should exclude democrat members from the hearings and all confidential evidence since they’re incapable of conducting themselves in an adult manner. Just more childish games from the none representation in congress.

  13. I don’t think Trey Gowdy intends to do anything but put on a show and talk like he has done in the past. Someone from his hometown said he was a lap dog, bought and paid for and it looks that way to me. I thank McCarthy for filing impeachment charges against the CEO of IRS. He didn’t do this until Boehner resigned because he knew it wouldn’t be possible. I am so tired of politicians and politicians lying to us and doing nothing they said they would do.. Is it any wonder we have left their parties?

  14. There should be no secrets from the American people. Like the iran deal why secrets there why with all the trade deals. We as Americans should know what is going on with our governement

  15. Having McCarthy for Speaker would just be trading the shake and bake tan for the $100 haircut and nothing else would change. Time for a leader to be in charge. Webster would be good as would Gowdy. As for the Dem committee members who released the info, they are just too stupid to bother with. Cummings is Pelosi’s personal slave when he isn’t saying something incoherent.

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