Trey Gowdy Benghazi: Witnesses Had Courage to Come Forward – Systemic Effort to Intentionally Hide Records

Trey Gowdy talked with Greta tonight about his plans for the House Select Committee to investigate Benghazi. Video below and snippets of the transcript.

Trey Gowdy

Trey Gowdy

 

GRETA: All right, you mentioned the classified documents. I’ve had a beef with Washington for however long I’ve been here. Seems like anytime anyone wants to hide anything, in any administration, Republican, Democrat, the trick is to classify it. Are you willing to go through the documents? Do you have the power to declassify any documents you think shouldn’t be kept from the american people.

GOWDY: Speaker Boehner is going to give us any power we need to get to the bottom of it. Jason Chaffetz was on another show today showing the discrepancy between two documents that were produced, ostensibly the same document, but this had redactions that that one did not have in it and that’s inexcusable when you live in a free and open society where you are supposed to have access to the truth and the facts…

GRETA: You told me right here that you have evidence that not only are they, meaning the Obama administration, hiding it, but there is an intent to hide it. I can’t disclose that evidence yet but there is a systemic, intentional decision to withhold certain documents from Congress. Will we see those documents?

GOWDY: Well, I can’t prove to you what I don’t know. I don’t know whether the documents have been destroyed. I know this, there are witnesses that have had the courage to come forth and share with us what was a systemic effort to take certain documents — take the ARB [Accountability Review Board], for instance — does anybody believe the ARB had access to all the documents and all of the witnesses? I don’t know anyone who believes that, so that necessarily undercuts any thing they may have found.

I’m tell you this, if a document exists, regardless of classification, we need to have access to it. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be public, but as you know, there is an over-classification to protect people’s reputations and people’s careers and that is not a legitimate classified document just because you are worried that it may hurt people’s feelings or ruin your career.

Greta asked if Gowdy will have access to the military’s “after action” report, as the ARB had only a summary report. Gowdy yes, he will see it and he says there is a very good reason you “can’t summarize evidence in front of a jury. The jury has the right to hear the question and judge the credibility of the witness. Their credibility can be impeached. I’m not interested in summaries, not interested in synopses. I’m interested in the document, the witness, and I’ll decide if the appropriate questions were asked in the past. With respect to the ARB — the Secretary of State was never interviewed by the ARB, so how can I tell your viewers whether or not she was aware that our facility had been attacked before in Benghazi, or that the British Ambassador had been attacked? How can I answer that question if the ARB never saw fit to even interview the Secretary of State?

Greta asked if he will “seek” to see the daily intel briefings from the CIA for the president on the 11th, 12th and 13th. Will you urge a disclosure of those?

GOWDY: I want to see every single, solitary, relevant material document. In fact, I want to see everything for which there can be any argument that it is relevant and then we can judge whether or not it is material. For all I know, the Intel Committee has already seen the documents you referenced, which is another reason the Speaker did what he did, because we’ve been fragmented, and what Intel knows, and Oversight, and Foreign Affairs and Homeland Security would not know.

Greta asked if he has “an end point” and has a date he thinks the investigation might be finished — before mid-terms, after mid-terms? Gowdy said he thinks the House Resolution will have an end date in it, but said that date has not been shared with him.

Gowdy said the State Department has not provided all that it should have provided to comply with the document request for 20 months “There is no judge in America that would allow you 20 months to comply with a subpoena.” He believes much depends on how willing the administration is to provide materials, witnesses and documents

GOWDY: With respect to politics, Greta, I would just say, there are certain things that have to transcend politics. I don’t mean to sound naive, but the murder of four fellow Americans and an attack on a facility that is emblematic of our country, should transcend politics, and I know that our fellow citizens can handle the truth, but only if they get access to it. They can draw their own conclusions about politics, who’s at fault, who’s not at fault, but they can’t do it if they have all the documents and all the witnesses.

Just my opinion here, but I believe Boehner finally agreed to this Select Committee now, because he faces a primary race tomorrow and people in his district have lost that lovin’ feeling.

For background on the ARB (Accountability Review Board) see here and here. For my full Benghazi database, go here. If the video does not play or disappears visit Fox News.

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  • Fixall

    The problem: Mucho time has elapsed, and I am sure much evidence has disappeared or been destroyed.

  • nbamron

    he ought to sit down with some State retirees from over the years and get insight into how this would have all gone down there — that will tell him who needs to be subpoenaed. In first place he needs to subpoena the desk officer. The desk officer knows everything, except the most ultra secret and usually knows that by rumor; the desk officer “runs” the country at the working level — handles the Embassy, getting reporting to the right places, often drafts the initial document that would make its way to the Secretary of State. If he follows this arc he will come to the ultimate source, the person responsible for the policies that led to Benghazi and the lies used to cover them up.

  • Bunkerville

    It will be interesting to see who else is on the committee. I just as soon see the Dems stay out of the way.

  • He will get people to speak or action will be taken … I hope.

  • rayhause

    We have learned a lot about both parties because of Benghazi, which individuals and their party affiliation tell you about their character and the value to their fellow Americans. I sat through that interview with Bob Beckel on Fox this AM and he repeated the same statement that Hillary made:”What Difference Does It Make”. This is the attitude of the Liberals but worst of all they will whore them selves in protecting Hillary from her failures. I guess that my concerns would not be so great should it not be that the Clintons are evil and this country should never be subjected to further Marxist rule.

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  • Geo

    The libs are really running scared on this Select Committee. Gowdy is now receiving “death threats” after he was appointed as Chairman.

    The more and the louder they get the closer the republicans are getting to the truth and the cover up.

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