House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., vigorously defended the work of committee and promised that Hillary Clinton will be “treated fairly” and asked “fact-centric” questions.
During an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly on Tuesday night, Gowdy was able to respond to the accusation that the committee’s work is mainly focused on derailing presidential hopes.
“Out of the 54 witnesses that we have interviewed, 41 of whom no other committee interviewed, not a single one of them has been named Clinton,” the chairman said. “Of the 50,000 documents that we have accessed, less than 5 percent have anything to do with her. If you look at the public hearings we have had so far, her name has not crossed my lips.”
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Gowdy’s defense comes in the wake of comments made by House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., last week, when he told Sean Hannity: “Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together Benghazi special committee. A select committee.” He continued: “What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable. But no one would have known that any of that had happened had we not fought to make that happen.”
Gowdy told Kelly that “Kevin is wrong” and that he has apologized profusely to him for his statement. “I would ask your viewers…don’t focus on the words of the people who are not on the committee use, focus on the actions of those of us who have been on the committee for the last year and a half,” said Gowdy.
The chairman also stated on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, “When Speaker Boehner called me [regarding setting up the committee], he never mentioned Secretary Clinton’s name.”
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“She was the secretary of state at all relevant times, so we’d be crazy not to talk to her,” Gowdy said to Kelly.
The Fox News host asked him if he thought Clinton might use the opportunity created by the controversy to not show up on Oct. 22, when she is slated to testify. “No ma’am, I think she’s going to come. She said she is going to come,” Gowdy responded.
Clinton stated on Meet the Press last month that she has been “asking” to testify before the committee, so that she can address the issues regarding her private email server and Benghazi.
According to Politico, Gowdy previewed one line of questioning for her:
“My interest is in making sure everything I’m entitled to, I have received. And when you say that the public record is complete and I know that there are 15 emails that you never turned over to the State Department, that is a fair line of inquiry,: he said. “The question is, how did you miss it? You have repeatedly said that you turned over everything. What about these 15? And if there are 15 here, how do you guarantee that you turned over everything when it was your lawyers that did the analysis and not the inspector general?”
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