Trey Gowdy Strikes Back at Critical Defense Department

Rep. Trey Gowdy is chairman of the House Benghazi panel that is investigating the events around the tragic attack on the American embassy in Libya. And he just sent a blistering letter to the Defense Department for criticizing his committee’s handling of the investigation.

According to The Blaze:

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., outlined his objections in a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter, telling the Pentagon chief that his top assistant for legislative affairs had in recent correspondence intentionally mischaracterized the inquiry.

 

“It is also riddled with factual inaccuracies, which not only does a disservice to the public but also does a disservice to the women and men who work for the Department of Defense,” Gowdy wrote.

 

Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, died during the twin assaults on Sept. 11, 2012. Questions about security at the diplomatic facility have hounded front-running Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time.

 

In an April 28 letter to Gowdy, Stephen C. Hedger, assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs, expressed frustration with what he described as the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s potentially futile calls for witnesses and information. He also cited the inquiry’s “crescendo” of costly, duplicative and unnecessary requests, including a few based on claims made on Facebook or talk radio.

 

“This type of questioning poses the risk that your final report may be based on speculation rather than a fact-based analysis of what a military officer did do or could have done given his or her knowledge at the time of the attacks,” Hedger wrote.

 

In his letter to Carter, Gowdy said Hedger’s remarks could have been communicated personally to the committee or through all other channels. But, he said, “that would have denied your assistant secretary the chance at an overtly partisan letter, which was both drafted and leaked for said purposes.”

 

Gowdy said Carter’s department apparently has a “different definition of burden” depending on who is investigating the department – itself or Congress. He said Hedger’s letter cited unrealistic timelines set by the committee, which launched its inquiry in May 2014. Yet according to Gowdy, the department was able to complete an exhaustive review of the bombing of a civilian medical facility in Afghanistan within two months.

 

“All of this work was completed without the burdens of which the department now complains,” Gowdy wrote.

 

Jennifer Werner, a spokeswoman for the Benghazi committee’s Democrats, said Hedger’s letter makes clear that the department is “tired of getting jerked around” while trying to fulfill its primary mission of national defense.

In an election season with the presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton at the center of the investigation, it’s likely more partisan politics will be on display rather than less in the near future.

Clearly there are factions with the Department of State, and Defense Department, to protect Mrs. Clinton so no damaging information is released before the election.

What do you think? Leave a comment with your thoughts below.

  • Boogie

    Hard to know which is worse, Benghazi or this election. Both are riddled with false claims. Neither one should have happened or should even be happening. No one can even stand the sight of Hillary so how is it possible she’s even a contender? If the American public cannot see what is going on here they deserve what and who they get.

  • David Stewart

    I think Barry should try his hand at ranching, he sure castrated all the top brass at DoD!

  • Diacro

    How many investigations have already been completed and reported? This one is over two years old.

    • Blair

      That’s the point – NONE. Only Gowdy’s commission ever interviewed many of the parties connected, including those who would have been the first responders to the scene if they had been allowed to respond!

      And why has the commission taken so long? Because it has been repeatedly stonewalled by the State Department who is trying to cover for Hillary until after the election.

      • Diacro

        Are you saying the 8 or so prior committee’s were grossly incompetent? The grilling of Clinton in the 11 hour marathon did nothing to get new, never covered information. If ever there was something hidden that should have uncovered it.

        • NonPCconservative

          Hillary is so accustomed to telling lies that the only way for the committee to ever get the truth out of her would be to waterboard her. Even then I am not sure that Hillary even recognizes the truth in her own mind.

        • Gnowark

          Diacro: The “11 hour marathon” ..(what difference, at this point, does it make? -h.Clinton). I can’t answer for Blair (saying incompetent, other than probably), but I personally can say yes, incompetent or intentional incompetent. It should have, but didn’t.

          • Diacro

            sounds like Rupert Murdock’s pulp paper has taken over many minds in this country. I listened very closely to most of the 11 hours. Not one itsy bitsy fact of Clinton’s “untruthfullness” was exposed. Just consider how many times she has been ACCUSED by right winger’s and the complete lack of being found GUILTY !! holy mackeral I lived near Arkansas during Bill’s Governorship; the redneck former Democrat’s, turning coats to Red, really rode both Clinton’s – inmercefully, and no guilt for Hillary.

        • Cosmic

          What I’m saying is: I don’t see any unticks on any of your post!
          If the down ticks were enabled, your’s would be astronomical!

    • notrig

      Diacro…….You can’t close an investigation until you get all the facts.
      This committee is STILL getting information that was requested long ago. Getting the requested information is exactly why this is taking so long.
      So if you want to get upset…..look to your fellow democrats……
      Gowdy is NOT the reason we’re in this mess.

      • Diacro

        How does one know when ALL the facts have been gathered? That’s called fishing. What is Gowdy trying to prove? In the past investigations have been held that oft go astray into other matters not even considered. Shouldn’t an investigation have some sort of goal?

        • alaine deBreaux

          Wow. The stupidity

          • consistent

            He asked a legit question and all you got is that? Wow the stupidity. See how that works?

          • Cosmic

            ‘Wow the stupidity’ is right.
            Yours is beyond believe,
            All Diacro did was make ‘statements’, nowhere did I see a question.

          • consistent

            Are you f’n serious? You just brought stupidity to whole different
            level of retard. IF you could read he asked THREE questions just a few
            comments above here you moron. Here they are you absolute braindead
            jackhole. read them and just get back to your moms basement. Are you a
            cop? I mean you are THAT stupid. wow!

            Diacro
            notrig
            15 hours ago

            How does one know when ALL the facts have been gathered? That’s
            called fishing. What is Gowdy trying to prove? In the past
            investigations have been held that oft go astray into other matters not
            even considered. Shouldn’t an investigation have some sort of goal?

          • consistent

            Hope you’re proud of yourself for beginning your day with making the most absurd comment of anyone alive or dead. You make stupid look smart. My god, how do you function from minute to minute, idiot?

          • nicholsda

            When you find that you have proof that the laws were violated, you have a right to dig further. They did and are. It isn’t a security review Hillary. It is a criminal investigation. Stonewalling Congress is illegal to.

        • notrig

          Diacro………..With all due respect……you are just wrong. Gowdy is not…..as you say……fishing.
          This committee has been complaining since the beginning of non compliance and stonewalling.
          Yes…….when the facts requested start creeping in additional questions obviously will and have cropped up. But…..much of the info just now being sent to the committee was requested very early in the process and is just NOW being turned over.
          The goal? To get the truth from your government and mine. This should be the goal of every American. Right?

  • Benghazi is crap, what about 911 on George Bush’s Watch, Give me a frigging Break. THE DOD reported risks to the Station Chief, Recommended Force protection and strength build up, and the station Chief turned it down. Hillary was briefed on what to say, and what to report, then they changed their mind and told her to release everything because there was no restrictions on need to know being leaked to the press. This made it look like she changed her story. Republicans immediately saw it a political tool, as they did White Water, Bill Clinton, IRS, and on and on and on. PURE BS for political gain. The Republicans are so out of touch with reality, they will do anything to win an Election, Including rail Roading the American Economy into losing its credit rating, GOD knows what political stunt they pull next.

    • bobbronson

      Boy are you biased and clueless.

    • alaine deBreaux

      You, Sir, are as bad as Clinton for the simple reason that you are deaf, dumb and blind.

    • Donald H Sullivan

      Your bigotry is showing. You would be against motherhood and apple pie if the Republicans announced that they support it.

      • Whalerking

        No, just bathroom and marrige.

    • Mohammad bin Hosed

      “Win at any cost,” appears to be the most dominant core value of many, many Republicans. I’ve observed this ethical train wreck, again and again, for at least 40 years.

      • Cosmic

        I see you didn’t deny Wjozier’s accusations, rather just threw more corrupt politicians under the bus.
        ALL the Liberals and Rinos, need to be thrown out into the street this election.

        • Mohammad bin Hosed

          Have you considered how divided The People have become due to this bigoted lib/conservative bullshit? It’s a legacy left by President Ronald Reagan (along with abortion), and probably the most destructive act that he committed against his country. A lot of us see this unending and distorted harping on Benghazi as a Republican device to win the election. We all know what happened. It was pretty much a confused screw-up that was carefully coordinated by our mortal enemy, al-Qaeda. Her ladyship, Hillary Clinton, hysterically tried to hang the affair onto the author of a totally legal YouTube video in order to buy time, while military and civilian leadership didn’t know quite what to do. So, I vote Bernie Sanders, but the total best we can hope for him is Vice-President.

    • wjozier

      Well said, and, to answer your statement, “GOD knows what political stunt they pull next.” Answer, lie, cheat, steal, mislead, falsely accuse, play toadie to the wealth class, etc., etc., etc.

      • Whalerking

        And they can because we the people have NO press to watch them. They are all owned by like liberals

    • the mess

      You are a professional guitar player. You should probably stick to your profession. The only thing I see that you have posted that was worth reading was the fact that the press never reports the race of the criminals unless it serves their agenda.

    • Whalerking

      Come out from under your rock and read.

  • tarheel

    The State dept. as well as the DOD have done everything in their power to obfusticate, delay, and hide facts. The men and women in Bengazi were Evan placed under a gag order. The only reason Hillarys email scandal came to lite was because the committee kept asking State for info from the Sec. They could not provide….well because she had her own private server which finally after months of delays came to light. It is simply amazing to me that this crooked administration gets away with this crap. They make Nixon look like a choir boy. Watergate…no one was killed.

    • wjozier

      You see what you are.

      • Gnowark

        Wjozier: Tarheel is correct, and he sees it?

    • Whalerking

      Just another reason to not let a Dem be Commander and Chief. They all want to keep their jobs for 4more years.

  • Barry Reinhard

    THe democrats are completely biased and protecting Hillary, who should be indicted and jailed for incompetence and lying!

    • hommedespoir

      Lying lizards get hanged for treachery

  • Sam Serruya

    Can the Congress call for a “Special Judge” or “Prosecutor” – as was the case for Nixon during Watergate – to investigate Hillary and Benghazi??

  • defender2

    Remind Hedger he is a political appointee and you are an elected official tasked with oversight. If he has to work a little harder to answer the people’s questions so be it.

  • alaine deBreaux

    Jennifer Werner is full of shit if she thinks the American people are going to relieve the DOS and DOD of their responsibilities to provide all information requested by the Benghazi Committee. If anyone is being JERKED AROUND it is Gowdy and the Committee. These dam Liberal hacks can scream as loud as they please and shift the blame onto the Committee but I hope Gowdy hounds them until they can’t take any more. This is the most treacherous, traitorous thing the government has ever done—and they refuse to admit guilt. I hope Trump kicks every single one of them out the door when he’s elected. I hope we can start with a new crew in the White House and in every department and agency. If you’re an incumbent, you need to pack your bags. We’re sick of your lies.

    • wjozier

      And what was it that Bush 2 was doing on 9/11??? Oh, yea, ignoring Dick Clarke’s repeated dire warnings.

      • Cosmic

        Just how did Bush get dragged into this again.
        Oops, I forgot, 2 or more wrongs equals a right and it’s still all Bush’s fault.
        Hillary is guilty of willful negligence, dereliction of duty, and gross incompetence. All she did while SoS was fly around the world, on the taxpayers dime, having parties and giving USA favors for million dollar donations to the crooked clinton foundation.
        Among other things she needs to be tried for treason. Every time I see that heartless creature on the TV, I want to throw up.
        Only the non informed, low IQ, or illegals, or those making money while riding on her train, support her.

        • Whalerking

          Aman

        • wjozier

          What an utterly fact-free rant of baseless accusations and childhood playground taunts. It’s just like reading Trump;s equivalent babbling.

          • Cosmic

            The only thing baseless here is you stealing oxygen from the rest of us, because everything I said is a proven fact, just not recognized by you Liberal fascists.

          • wjozier

            Words from la la land.

  • rams375

    More than likely this will also get the broom treatment as Fast and Furious has, many turns and dead ends. Fishy and they are all lying and covering, they are all without a care for other than themselves. It is time to use our Constitution and get rid of the present politicians. Then we better vet and watch them all when they are voted in, term limits and reduction in pay and no raises except by national vote. Sick of these rich bastards thinking they are better than the citizens they work for, remind them at the local level and see the response, it is hilarious.

    • Whalerking

      Just vote ALL new.

  • David Eberhardt

    Here are the facts as I know them today. President Obama. Sec Clinton, and the military did nothing to save Ambassador Stevens and three other brave Americans on that awful day. The only heroes were the ones that fought that day. The DoD should cooperate fully so we can know there part. Hillary and Obama will never tell the truth but I expect my military to fess up. (DKE, retired July 2014)

    • wjozier

      That, Sir, is an abominably unfounded and hateful accusation. If there were any truth to the Gowdy panel investigation’s accusations and assumption, they would have published that, but they found none, even after eieven hours of grilling Hillary, not to mention the other eight Benghazi witch hunts. There is no ‘there’ there, fools.

      • nicholsda

        You make claims that you can’t back up. Hillary has failed to meet her requirements as directed by the papers she signed after her training session on handling state’s secrets. Lying to Congress has been her way from day one. I have nothing classified on my computer has been exposed as the first LIE. I neither sent nor received classified materials on my server, another lie. I never sent or received anything marked as classified on my server, yet another lie. I only destroyed personal messages on my server, lie. All of these and more were done by and for her so that she would never have to submit to FOIA or Congressional requests. It is called stonewalling but it is too bad that Hillary forgot to use any mortar on her wall and it is crumbling fast.

        • wjozier

          I’m sorry, Sir, but your unfounded – and unfortunate – assertions utterly fail to rely on any substantiable fact. Note that the Gowdy hearings, nor any of the other eight hearings ever found any criminal offense. Don’t you think, Sir, that with all the Republicans and TeaPartyers and their resources on the attack, if there were a culpable reality, they would have found it? From all that’s been published, nothing that was properly marked classified “at the time” was found. Classifying after the fact and attempting to then accuse Hillary of a crime is just plain unAmerican. And that is what you are.

          • nicholsda

            No, it is you sir, who are wrong. As is slowly coming to light, Hillary lied about what is and was on her server. That fact is pointed out by the IG’s report. Classified info does not have to be so marked. It can be classified just from the methods in which it is come by. And that was part of the training that Hillary was given. If she is too stupid to understand something as simple as that, how could she ever think that she is qualified to ever again see classified documents or data? It also has been shown that she told people to strip the security classification from things and send them to her that way. That sir, is in itself a violation of the laws concerning classified materials. But guess what, if you and your Department fail to turn over to Congress what is requested as she did, it still doesn’t mean you haven’t violated the law. I would suggest reading Question #3 on https://www.archives.gov/isoo/faqs/identifying-handling-classified-records.html in particular this: ” An unmarked, handwritten page can just as easily contain classified
            national security information as a document containing classification
            markings. When in doubt, treat handwritten notes concerning
            intelligence, military, diplomatic, or emergency planning matters as
            classified national security information.” Marking them as such after the fact does not negate the fact that it was indeed classified info before that date. It again goes back to she should have know it was when she saw it. Only excuse would be that she is incompetent to handle that type material and still violated the law. Because she signed the statement that she did indeed understand the rules.

          • wjozier

            It never ceases to amaze me the lengths that you and your ilk will go to debase the Clintons. Your fantasy of facts is unending, even amusing, except that you apparently will vote based on your fantasies.

          • nicholsda

            You think so? How about even HuffPo saying Hillary should drop out before the FBI comes out with its recommendation to the DOJ? Too bad the facts are on the side of her being guilty and not on the side of your fantasies. Unless Hillary is your fantasy. EEEW!

          • wjozier

            You are chasing a lost cause, nicholsda. If the FBI had a case, they would have broken the news long ago. As for your disgusting sexual inuendo, clearly you harbor som sad sexual fantasies about Hillary.

          • nicholsda

            Not mine, yours. You seem to not understand that you think she is innocent. She isn’t. Just because they haven’t come out and turned over the info for indictment does not mean she won’t be.

          • wjozier

            Sorry, nicholsda, just because you fantasize that I have a sexual interest in Hillary doesn’t make it real. Clearly you have a fixation on the subject. Also, btw, the following sentence, “You seem to not understand that you think she is innocent,” is both a non-sequitur and non-sensical. Give it a rest, kid, your hero is sinking fast, and Hillary is going to eat his lunch big time. In fact, it’s looking increasingly like you’re going to lose both the Senate and the House. Is it too early to gloat? Nah.

  • the mess

    Gowdy’s main problem is one of communication. He needs to use sound bites (even though the media won’t repeat them), his message must be more digestible to this public. 1. Obama never put forth an IG nomination during Hillary’s time as Secretary of State. There purposefully was NO oversight!! 2. Hillary hid all her communication from any future legal public inquiries! 3. The top Democrat on Gowdy’s committee has done everything he can to undermine the investigation.
    4. We are the public…that is being lied to and ignored. We should be screaming!!!

    • wjozier

      What a load of Right wing paranoia;

  • Tipper

    I truly hope that Elijah Cummings loses his office this year. He’s been nothing but the Democrat’s water boy for his past two terms in office. It’s been sad to watch actually. At one time he was a very good legislator. In my humble opinion, he is now nothing but a used up politician who is more worried about his party than the people who he represents.

  • SCSOCAL

    We the People will probably never know what happened in Benghazi!! I did talk to two Navy Seals and the reason the committee is not getting the info they need is that Obama and his Administration are covering for Hillary and Obama. Obama is the only one who could issue the order to stand down that night. He did it and calmly went to bed and went to a fund raiser the next day!! Hillary did not arrange for more security after receiving so many emails from people on the ground about their growing security concerns! Then she and Obama lied about the attack to the American people and to the parents of those killed. Disgusting and outrageous!
    Hillary and Obama have blood on their hands and should be held accountable!

    • wjozier

      Oh, puhleeze, save me from your unsubstantiable fantasies.

  • JCLincoln

    Dear Trey:
    What decade do you expect to finish the investigation of Hillary Clinton. Many Americans were hoping to have her in prison before November comes around.
    I thank you for your thoroughness, but there was enough evidence to convict her a year ago, so WHAT’S. THE. HOLDUP.!
    UNLESS, YOU. ARE. THE. HOLDUP.!

    • nicholsda

      Like so many things dealing with her, it is because she and the State Dept have never been truthful or forthcoming. Same reason that Holder was held in Contempt of Congress. The Elitist Liberals think that the laws do not apply to them.

  • JCLincoln

    The utterly corrupt State Department is now an accomplice in Hillary’s crimes. It is harboring evidence that is instrumental to the prosecution’s case. It must be sued to the tune of $Billions$. The entire U.S. Federal Government is corrupt and is in the process of selling out America to its enemies.

    And what’s our Military Generals doing about it?…………..NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING !
    WE DON’T HAVE A MILITARY TO PROTECT US ANY MORE.


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