Trey Gowdy left Washington D.C. for the final time last month after choosing not to run for re-election but not before altering documents to frame Hillary Clinton.
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The hope was that Trey Gowdy would fall into obscurity after his retirement from politics, never to be heard from again. The greater hope was that Americans would one day hear of his pre-dawn arrest by FBI agents for his many crimes committed as one of the GOP’s most infamous witch hunters.
Predictably, however, The Hill reported today that Fox News and Fox News Business hired him to offer political and legal analysis.
With any luck, this is just a side gig before Democratic oversight, coupled with a multitude of federal investigations into GOP corruption finally overtake Gowdy and other GOP gangsters.
Gowdy’s list of alleged crimes runs deep. Most disturbing, perhaps, is the bombshell claim that Gowdy allegedly forged documents in an attempt to frame Hillary Clinton to derail her candidacy for president.
Monday, October 5, 2015, all five Democratic Members of the Select Committee on Benghazi sent a letter informing Gowdy that they planned to begin releasing witness interview transcripts to correct the public record after numerous inaccurate Republican leaks.
“Despite claims that the Committee would be run with integrity, Republicans have engaged in a series of selective leaks of inaccurate and incomplete information in an effort to attack Secretary Clinton with unsubstantiated or previously debunked allegations,” the Democrats wrote.
On October 7, 2015, Gowdy sent a response to ranking minority member Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), stating that he was “disheartened at the nature and tone of Monday’s letter from your Democrat colleagues and you.” Gowdy also accused Hillary Clinton of divulging classified information she received from Sidney Blumenthal, a long-time confidante, and adviser to the Clintons.
In addition to Sidney Blumenthal’s business interests, Secretary Clinton also apparently received classified information from Blumenthal- information she should have known was classified at the time she received it. In one email, Blumenthal writes “Tyler spoke to a colleague currently at CIA, who told him the agency had been dependent for intelligence from [redacted due to sources and methods].”1 This information, the name of a human source, is some of the most protected information in our intelligence community, the release of which could jeopardize not only national security but also human lives. Armed with that information, Secretary Clinton forwarded the email to a colleague–debunking her claim that she never sent any classified information from her private email address. [emphasis added]
However, as Newsweek reported on Sunday (October 18, 2015), the CIA informed the House Select Committee on Benghazi that Gowdy’s claims were false:
[T]he CIA did tell the panel… that it had reviewed 127 emails between Clinton and her close friend and outside adviser, Sidney Blumenthal, and none of it was deemed classified. “The CIA reviewed the material in question and informed State that it required no redactions,” the agency informed Susan Sachsman Grooms, staff director and general counsel for the panel’s Democrats, on October 17.
Cummings Accuses Gowdy Of Forging Documents
Sunday (October 18, 2015), Cummings sent a letter to Gowdy to correct the public record. Cummings began, writing that:
On October 7, 2015, you sent me a 13-page letter making a grave new accusation against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Specifically, you accused her of compromising national security and endangering lives. The problem with your accusation—as with so many others during this investigation—is that you failed to check your facts before you made it, and the CIA has now informed the Select Committee that you were wrong. I believe your accusations were irresponsible, and I believe you owe the Secretary an immediate apology.
Cummings then dropped the bomb – accusing Gowdy of altering documents to frame Clinton:
To further inflate your claim, you placed your own redactions over the name of the individual with the words, “redacted due to sources and methods.” To be clear, these redactions were not made, and these words were not added, by any agency of the federal government responsible for enforcing classification guidelines. [emphasis added]
Cummings continued, emphasizing the fact that the CIA had thoroughly debunked Gowdy’s false claims against Clinton:
Contrary to your claims, the CIA yesterday informed both the Republican and Democratic staffs of the Select Committee that they do not consider the information you highlighted in your letter to be classified. Specifically, the CIA confirmed that “the State Department consulted with the CIA on this production, the CIA reviewed these documents, and the CIA made no redactions to protect classified information.”
Cummings concluded his letter, writing that Gowdy’s actions have “brought discredit” on the Benghazi investigation and has “undermine[d] the integrity” of the committee and the House of Representatives itself.
FOOTNOTE 1: Email from Sidney Blumenthal to Hon. Hillary R. Clinton (Mar. 18, 2011) [STATE-SCB0078243].