Trey Gowdy left Washington DC on Friday for the last time as a U.S. Congressman, but not before stirring up more shit.
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Trey Gowdy continued his long-standing tradition of being a Hillary Clinton witch-hunter on Friday, his last day in office urging the continued persecution of Clinton.
As Politico reported on Friday, Gowdy, the former chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi and an accomplice from the House Judiciary committee announce that they were wrapping up their investigation into the FBI’s handling of its investigation into both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Of course, there was no information (and remember Hillary has already been cleared by multiple investigations by multiple agencies and Congressional committees). However, that did not stop them attempting to stir up more trouble.
As per Politico:
In a letter to top Justice Department officials, including acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy wrote: “We invite your attention to the transcripts of witness testimony and we encourage you to continue to investigate these matters, consistent with your jurisdiction, so the final definitive accounting can be made to the American people.”
Allegations of crimes, the complete implosion of his precious Benghazi Select Committee, multiple lawsuits for defamation… The time has come to hold Trey Gowdy accountable.
Below are a couple of examples of why it is time for Trey Gowdy to pay the price for his crimes and misdemeanors and with Democrats taking over the House of Representatives later this week, the prospect of a House Select Committee on Trey Gowdy just became possible.
Trey Gowdy Used Public Funds To Pay Off A Benghazi Committee Whistleblower
The House Select Committee on Benghazi, led by Republican Trey Gowdy, all but exploded in the wake of several stunning revelations in late 2015. The CIA revealed in October 2015 that Trey Gowdy altered documents in an attempt to frame Hillary; and in November 2015, Maj. Bradley Podliska, a former investigator on the Benghazi committee staff, filed a lawsuit against Gowdy seeking damages for defamation.
Salon elaborated on the lawsuit, reporting that, “Maj. Bradley Podliska, a former investigator on the Benghazi committee staff, claimed that he’d been improperly and illegally fired from the committee. He also revealed some damning details about the committee’s work, claiming that it had become singularly focused on Hillary Clinton and the State Department, to the exclusion of other agencies involved in the Benghazi response. According to Podliska, he’d been discriminated against for taking leave to fulfill his duties as an Air Force reservist and for resisting the committee’s intense focus on the State Department.”
Fast-forwarding to Friday 01 December 2017, The Washington Post reported that “Gowdy used $150,000 in taxpayer dollars to settle” that lawsuit.
The Post confirmed the confidential settlement reached between Gowdy and the Benghazi panel and Bradley Podliska after it appeared in a list of settlements released Friday by the congressional Office of Compliance.
Trey Gowdy Altered Documents To Frame Hillary Clinton
As we reported earlier this month, in a bombshell revelation the Central Intelligence Agency reached out to Democrats serving on the Select Committee on Benghazi in late 2015 to advise that then-Chairman Trey Gowdy had altered documents provided to the committee by Hillary Clinton.
On October 7, 2015, Gowdy sent a response to ranking Benghazi committee member Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), referring extensively to Sidney Blumenthal, a long-time confidante and adviser to the Clintons, who served as assistant and senior adviser to Bill Clinton from August 1997 until January 2001.
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. There may be other instances as well where Secretary Clinton passed on classified information she received from Sidney Blumenthal. [emphasis added]
- However, as Newsweek reported, the CIA informed the House Select Committee on Benghazi that Gowdy’s claims were false: “Indeed, according to committee correspondence reviewed by Newsweek, the CIA did tell the panel on Saturday that it had reviewed 127 emails between Clinton and her close friend and outside adviser, Sidney Blumenthal, and none of it was deemed classified. Additionally, according to Newsweek: “’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.” [emphasis added]
Kurt Eichenwald put it best when he wrote for Newsweek that:
The historical significance of this moment can hardly be overstated, and it seems many Republicans, Democrats and members of the media don’t fully understand the magnitude of what is taking place. The awesome power of government—one that allows officials to pore through almost anything they demand and compel anyone to talk or suffer the shame of taking the Fifth Amendment — has been unleashed for purely political purposes. It is impossible to review what the Benghazi committee has done as anything other than taxpayer-funded political research of the opposing party’s leading candidate for president. Comparisons from America’s past are rare. Richard Nixon’s attempts to use the IRS to investigate his perceived enemies come to mind. So does Senator Joseph McCarthy’s red-baiting during the 1950s, with reckless accusations of treason leveled at members of the State Department, military generals and even the secretary of the Army. [emphasis added]
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