#1 House Benghazi chairman to Republicans: 'shut up' - Trey Gowdy tells GOP to zip it by ThirstyMan 18.10.2015 21:49


By NIKKI SCHWAB, 18 October 2015

House Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy has a message for Republicans: shut. up.

'I have told my own Republican colleagues and friends, "Shut up talking about things that you don't know anything about,"' Gowdy said today on Face the Nation. Gowdy was trying to prevent further foot-in-mouth moments after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy implied that the House Select Committee on Benghazi was responsible for killing Hillary Clinton's poll numbers, an admission that allowed the Democratic frontrunner to label the panel as nothing more than a partisan hack job.

Following McCarthy, a former Republican investigator came forward and said he was fired because he refused to engage in a partisan witch hunt – claims that the committee denied. Then, Rep. Richard Hanna said, 'I think that there was a big part of this investigation that was designed to go after people, and an individual, Hillary Clinton.'

Finally, presidential candidate Carly Fiorina chimed in, saying about Clinton's scheduled testimony in front of the committee this Thursday: 'I wish for once Mrs. Clinton would be prepared to stand and be held accountable for the murder of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya.' Face the Nation host John Dickerson asked Gowdy about all of these GOP claims.

Gowdy noted how none of the Republicans talking were actually on the committee. 'And unless you're on the committee you have no idea what we've done, why we've done it and what new facts we have found,' Gowdy noted. He also said there's 'no evidence' of the committee devolving into simply a partisan attack dog. 'There are three people people who don't have any idea what they're talking about,' Gowdy said, pointing to McCarthy, Hanna and ex-employee Bradley Podliska
Now there's a lot of pressure on Chairman Gowdy to prove that the whole thing isn't merely a political escapade,' said Democratic strategist David Axelrod, also on Face the Nation.
Clinton, on CNN's State of the Union, said she didn't know what to expect on Thursday, but she assumed it would turn political.
'I think it's pretty clear that whatever they might have thought they were doing, they ended up becoming a partisan arm of the Republican National Committee with an overwhelming focus on trying to as, they admitted, down my poll numbers,' the Democratic frontrunner said.

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