This week the NYT reported that their internal investigation of Benghazi showed that al-Qaeda really wasn’t a factor in the September 11, 2012 attacks on Benghazi that killed four Americans, including our Ambassador to Libya. The report also lent some credence to the idea that the Youtube video, Innocence of Muslims, was at the root of the anger and the attacks. Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) has a scathing retort delivered with a full measure of logic. Video and partial transcript below. Read background on the NYT report designed to give Hillary a scrubbing, here. Note that the author, David D. Kirkpatrick stepped out early, following the Obama-Clinton-Rice line that the video was to blame. Now he’s dancing as fast as he can.
PERINO: Congressman, what do you think the New York Times got wrong?
GOWDY: Well, first of all I want to congratulate the NYT. It only took 15 months for them to figure out how to spell Benghazi, so maybe in another 15 months their report will actually catch up with the truth.
I’ll tell you two things they got wrong. No. 1, the video was translated into Arabic in early September 2012. What in the world explains the violence in Benghazi prior to the video being translated and released? Our consulate was attacked way before the video was released. The British Ambassador was almost assassinated before the video was released. The International Red Cross was attacked twice in Benghazi.
So if the video is really the impetus for the violence, what in the world explains the violence prior to the release of the video?
Secondarily, with respect to al-Qaeda, whether it was al-Qaeda or a subsidiary or a holding company or a limited partnership, to quote Hillary Clinton, “what difference does it make?” Who cares whether it was al-Qaeda proper or a subsidiary? Four Americans are dead and it wasn’t a spontaneous reaction to a video. It was planned.
Perino references a Republican and Democrat in Congress saying the NYT
report was wrong. She asks who the American people should believe.
GOWDY: Well, I’ll tell who they should believe. They should believe Mike Rogers [R-MI] who is a former FBI agent and Adam Schiff [D-CA], who happens to be in a different party but I respect him greatly. He is a former federal prosecutor. Both men have dedicated their lives to following the facts, wherever they take you, without respect to trying to prop up anybody’s political career, without respect to trying to damage anyone — wherever the facts go, that’s where they go.
The fact that Adam Schiff and Mike Rogers both debunk this NYT article, in addition to the people on the ground that night — good investigators talk to everybody, not just folks whose testimony may buttress your position, they talk to everybody. The fact that so many people are coming out today and debunking the mythologies reported by the NYT reporter, I think is instructive.
GOWDY: We had no business being in Benghazi. We were the last flag flying in Benghazi, so to the extent that this NYT article tells us what we already knew, we had no business being in Benghazi. That begs a bigger question? Why were we there? Why was Chris Stevens in Benghazi that night? I’ve read this NYT article six times, Dana. I want you to read it six times and tell me if you can tell who the Secretary of State was when Benghazi happened, because her name wasn’t mentioned a single, solitary time in this exhaustive NYT piece.
PERINO: Yet most people assumed that the NYT was trying to clear the decks so that Hillary Clinton wouldn’t have to deal with this in a potential presidential run.
GOWDY: Oh heavens, no. That couldn’t possibly have been their motivation. Would it be? To support a Democrat who is running for the White House? Oh heavens, no.
PERINO: I gotta tell you Congressman, I love your cynicism.
GOWDY: Well, it is cynicism. Well, the fact that the editor of the NYT had to explain today that they haven’t yet endorsed anyone for 2016 — all you have to do is read the paper and you can tell who they’ve endorsed, whose political ideology they’ve endorsed, but again, I congratulate them on figuring out that Benghazi happened and that it’s a really big deal.
Trey Gowdy with Dana Perino: The New York Times Scrubbing of Hillary Clinton and Benghazi (video)
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