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May 6, 2014 - 7:24 am

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the new chairman of a special committee investigating Benghazi, brushed off calls by a Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee for his caucus to boycott participation in the investigation and hearings.

On Fox News Sunday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) called the new committee “a colossal waste of time.”

“I don’t think it makes sense for us to give this select committee any more credibility than it deserves,” he said. “And frankly, I don’t think it deserves very much.”

“They wouldn’t like it if I cured malaria tonight. I mean, because I’m a Republican. So, of course, they are going to be critical. That’s not the jury,” Gowdy said last night on Fox. “Although I would tell Adam and some of my other colleagues to at least let us have a hearing before you judge it. I mean, at least let the committee be constituted and the rules be adopted before you declare it to be a political exercise. That’s not too much to ask, is it?”

Gowdy stressed that Schiff is “really smart.”

“He was hired by the Bush administration to work at the U.S. attorney’s office in California. I was hired by the Clinton administration to work in the U.S. attorney’s office in South Carolina. That’s what I love about the justice system. She wears a blindfold for a reason…. At least let the process have a chance to work before you declare it null and void.”

The South Carolina Republican noted that the investigation thus far of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack has been extremely “fragmented,” with several panels having conducted their own investigations and not communicating with each other.

“And by the way, I’m not interested in redacted documents or an overclassification. I want the documents. So I want all of the evidence. And then people can draw different conclusions from those facts in evidence. But you can’t draw conclusions if you don’t have all the facts. And what this committee is going to do is, once and for all, lay out all the facts and then your jury can draw whatever inferences and conclusions they want to,” Gowdy said.

He said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) assured him that the special committee will have “whatever power we need to get to the bottom of it.”

“You know, the State Department said just this week that they are in the process of complying with subpoenas. Well, it’s been 20 months. How long does it take to comply with the document request? There is no judge in America that would give you 20 months to comply with a subpoena. So, part of the answer to your question depends upon how forthcoming and how willing this administration is to provide access to the witnesses and the documents,” Gowdy said.

“There are certain things in our culture that have to transcend politics. And 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 is at fault, who is not at fault? But they can’t do it if they don’t have access to all the documents and all the witnesses.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has been calling for a Benghazi committee from the Senate side, praised Boehner’s pick yesterday.

“Trey Gowdy is the most capable person in the entire Congress to lead the Select Committee,” Graham said. “He’s a former prosecutor who is well-respected by his colleagues, tenacious in his approach to his duties, and fair-minded about his responsibilities. Trey is the right person at the right time.”

Added South Carolina’s other senator:  “The families of those killed in the Benghazi attacks deserve to know the truth about what happened that night, as well as the administration’s response in the hours and days afterwards,” said Tim Scott (R). “Trey Gowdy is without a doubt the right man for the job, and I have no doubt he will lead a thorough and fair investigation.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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Gowdy is anticipating dem angst and anger over the distinct possibility that his committee’s investigation will turn Comrade’s two terms into a dem political graveyard. O’s culpability for the deaths of four Americans could make his investigation more consequential than the one that investigated Watergate.
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The more the investigation clamps down on this lawless cabal, the more they will screech that it is "a waste of time", "it doesn't matter", "it's a phony scandal", ...."RACISM!!!"


The Bozo Nostra is acting SO guilty...a seasoned prosecutor would automatically and instinctively inclined to think there was MORE AND WORSE being hidden ...and would probe deeper.

Trey Gowdy won't be backed down as easily as some of the Millies who came before him.

I think Jeff Sessions should coordinate any assistance possible from the Senate Republicans. Not sure of the best way to design that, though.

It is time to uncover the crimes of the Bozo Nostra. I called for Trey Gowdy on these very pages a while back, as I called for a Jeff Sessions quarterbacking the Senate side. My usual skepticism about efficacy or anticipated success...is now on hold. Gowdy has the prosecutorial chops. If the Bozo Nostra stonewalls him...it will not be without fiery blowback.

More popcorn and faster, please.
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Watched Darrell Issa on CSPAN chairing several meetings and thought he did an outstanding, dignified job trying to get information out of people determined to blow smoke. However, I do wish he would have poked committee member Cummings of Maryland in the nose at least once.
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Elijah Cummings is a piece of work, his office allegedly participated in/assisted targeting of Tea Party applicants for tax exempt status, which would explain why ole Elijah was so intent on shutting down Issa's committee questioning and investigating Lois Lerner/the IRS.
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I hope Gowdy is wise enough to have some friends in the intelligence community who could tip him on the monitoring his committee is certain to get from them.

At some point, we will need to clean the stables in Langley and Ft. Meade. Count on them to exercise Rule #1: Cover Thine Ass.

The entirety of the Civil Service is likely penetrated by deep cover Left wingers who will hunker down until the next Democratic Administration.
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Of course democrats wouldn't like it if Trey Gowdy (or anyone else) cured malaria tonight.

One less thing to b!tch about in a political philosophy completely reliant on nonstop and relentless b!tching in the name of keeping people permanently unhappy and dissatisfied.

Bread and butter to the modern democrat party.
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Trey Gowdy takes no prisoners, knows the job of prosecutor and is profoundly bright.
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I can picture him using some of the same phrases and that same tone of voice that he used on that schmuck Schulman during the IRS hearings... "...did you even lift a finger to identify the facts?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K43_PwheRZA
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Please don't screw this up Mr. Gowdy.
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Gowdy is anticipating dem angst and anger over the distinct possibility that his committee’s investigation will turn Comrade’s two terms into a dem political graveyard. O’s culpability for the deaths of four Americans could make his investigation more consequential than the one that investigated Watergate.
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Let us hope so.
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If the ban on DDT was lifted, you could figuratively cure malaria tonight.
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Besides the toxicity of DDT, I think we are holding it "in reserve", (like Penicillin), in the event of a real catastrophe.
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Case in point. Its not nearly as bad as the detractors wanted us to believe, and as a result, millions of children have died from malaria who otherwise would have lived.
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The more the investigation clamps down on this lawless cabal, the more they will screech that it is "a waste of time", "it doesn't matter", "it's a phony scandal", ...."RACISM!!!"


The Bozo Nostra is acting SO guilty...a seasoned prosecutor would automatically and instinctively inclined to think there was MORE AND WORSE being hidden ...and would probe deeper.

Trey Gowdy won't be backed down as easily as some of the Millies who came before him.

I think Jeff Sessions should coordinate any assistance possible from the Senate Republicans. Not sure of the best way to design that, though.

It is time to uncover the crimes of the Bozo Nostra. I called for Trey Gowdy on these very pages a while back, as I called for a Jeff Sessions quarterbacking the Senate side. My usual skepticism about efficacy or anticipated success...is now on hold. Gowdy has the prosecutorial chops. If the Bozo Nostra stonewalls him...it will not be without fiery blowback.

More popcorn and faster, please.
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I was rooting for Gowdy as chairman the minute I heard about the real possibility that Boehner was finally going to form a select committee. TX Congressman Louie Gohmert would be another great choice to sit on the committee. He served three terms as a state district judge and is a fearless conservative.
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Trey Gowdy could be the real-life Republican version of Jack McCoy, but if no one on the Democrat side or the White House cooperates, the Justice Department declines to make anyone cooperate, and the media ignores the proceedings or portrays it as a partisan witch hunt…unless one brick in this left-wing wall shifts (maybe some in the mainstream media?), I just don’t see anything coming of this. There will be no justice for the dead.
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Partisan is good. Let the entire parties own the respective sides of this.
Let it be called a witch hunt. That works for them only if no witch is turned up.
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The boycott threat should be seen as a blatantly partisan and lawless maneuver by the Democrats. But already I’ve been seeing coverage in much of the media portraying this as a reasonable response to Republican partisanship.

Most in the media will relentlessly portray the select committee as a witch hunt, the white House will get complete cover and feel no political pressure to cooperate, Eric Holder will ignore any contempt charges, and Harry Reid will continue to block an investigation in the Senate.

Last week there was a tick-up in coverage of Benghazi because of the e-mails…but the select committee lets the media get back on narrative message…the Republicans will do anything and everything to harm the first black President.
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Don't get me wrong...I think Gowdy's a fine prosecutor, but the committee came far too late and the media has had far too long to construct an insurmountable narrative.
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