A House conservative who was among those trying to recruit Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) for House majority leader said the chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi won’t be running for any leadership positions.
“There’s been a lot of chatter today about Trey Gowdy running for Majority Leader,” Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) said on his Facebook page.
“I just talked to Trey for 20 minutes. He made it clear to me, in no uncertain terms, that upon further reflection last night and today, he is OUT of any consideration for any leadership position,” Mulvaney wrote. “He wants to focus on his work on the Benghazi commission.”
“While I think he would have been a great majority leader, I absolutely respect this decision. He isn’t the kind of guy to leave a case midstream, and it makes complete sense to me that he has decided to stay and continue his work on Benghazi.”
A big moment for Gowdy comes on Oct. 22, when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to testify before the committee.
Gowdy told Fox last night that the State Department handed over on Friday 1,000 pages of her emails “that they had never before given us.”
“In fact, it was a larger amount of emails that they gave us Friday than what they gave us earlier in the year when they claimed to give us everything,” he said. “So, less than a month before Secretary Clinton comes before the committee and three years after Benghazi, the State Department is still producing emails.”
“We still don’t have them all. They gave an index as part of the litigation. There are definitely Benghazi emails that they have not turned over, and they are not going it turn them over. They cite attorney-client privilege because Cheryl Mills was an attorney. So we would have to go to court for two years to be able to access that.”