(Discussions on Trey Gowdy begin at 14:13 in the video above.)
On the eve of Hillary Clinton’s testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Donald Trump is worried that the former Secretary of State might escape unscathed.
On Tuesday night’s Hannity show, Trump expressed concern for the direction in which the panel’s hearings are heading in the wake of comments by Committee Chair Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., that the investigation was not focused on Hillary Clinton.
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“Yesterday, I watched Trey, who I do respect, I think he is a terrific guy, but he seemed to be doing a big pivot,” Trump said. “He said, ‘Well, this isn’t about Hillary Clinton.’ You know, I’m pretty good at figuring this stuff out.”
Clinton has claimed the Benghazi investigation is aimed at tarnishing her political future, pointing to comments by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and other Republicans. Gowdy has insisted his goal is to uncover the full truth about the 2012 attacks that left four Americans dead.
Trump told host Sean Hannity that he had been looking forward to Clinton’s testimony on Thursday, when she will finally face Gowdy in person, but that now his anticipation is mixed with anxiety.
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“He (Gowdy) seemed to be doing Sean, I’m sure you saw it, he seemed to be doing a big pivot away from Hillary Clinton. And I was trying to figure out what that was all about,” Trump said.
“So, you may not be as happy as you think with these hearings,” Trump concluded. “I just don’t know. The hearings, I was looking forward to them, but with all that’s happening — and I was surprised that he pivoted away so much from Hillary. He said, ‘These hearings are not about her. Actually, we want to discuss other people much more so.’ And it sounded like he was sort of pulling away from going after her.”
Trump has said that Clinton’s role in the Benghazi incident and the related Clinton email scandal are major issues.
“If she were a Republican, she would have been in jail two years ago, when it first came out, or a year ago,” Trump said. “I think it is a very serious thing she did. I believe she is being totally protected by the Democrats…there is no doubt in my mind.”
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