Select Committee on Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy responded Monday night to allegations made by a former committee staff member that that he was fired for not being partisan enough and that the panel’s work had become primarily a partisan attack on Hillary Clinton.
Appearing on Fox News’ On The Record, Gowdy first noted that he received a letter from former staff member Bradley Podliska’s lawyers saying that they do not want the matter discussed publicly anymore. “They were happy to discuss it Friday, Saturday and Sunday [with the media], when they were making these incendiary allegations, but as soon as some facts starting trickling out, now they don’t want to talk about it. They want it to be confidential,” Gowdy told Greta Van Susteran.
Podliska is suing the committee claiming that he was wrongfully terminated for not being sufficiently partisan. The committee has countered that he was fired for the mishandling of classified information and using government resources to create a PowerPoint presentation not related to his assigned work, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
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On Sunday, Gowdy questioned the reason Podliska brought Clinton into his suit, given he never raised this concern in the events leading up to his termination in June. “To wit, until his Friday conversations with media, this staffer has never mentioned Secretary Clinton as a cause of his termination, and he did not cite Clinton’s name in a legally mandated mediation,” Gowdy said.
Gowdy told Van Susteran Monday night that he does not recall meeting Podliska, but the former staff attorney claims that they met twice.
Since Podliska left in June, and would therefore be uninformed about what the committee has done since he left, Gowdy told the Fox News host that he would be happy to fill him in. “We’ve done 50 witness interviews, since the email story broke. Fifty,” the committee chairman said. “Precisely one of them [emphasis added] has been exclusively related to her email, and that was Bryan Pagliano, and as you recall Greta, that was a really short interview, because he invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege.”
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Another issue that Gowdy raised was that no investigation into Benghazi has reviewed the emails from Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who was killed during the 2012 attack. Gowdy found that fact alone astounding. “Part of the allegations against my committee is that we’re taking too long,” he said. “Well one of the reasons we’re taking too long Greta, is I’m not going to stop this, simply because the State Department will not give me what I’m am entitled to. You would never pursue this investigation without every single one of Chris Stevens emails.”
Gowdy made clear his confidence in the integrity of the committee in the face of these accusations saying, “I don’t care what the Democrats say about me, Greta, I’ve been in a court room for 16 years, I’ve heard it before.” He added enthusiastically that his committee staff is made up of “character-driven” men and women, including former federal prosecutors, ethics attorneys and even a retired 3-star U.S. general, all dedicated to honoring the lives of those four Americans killed in Benghazi. “I’d just be d–ned, if I’m going to let anybody besmirch their reputations,” he said.
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