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Gowdy defends Benghazi select committee
« on: May 11, 2014, 10:16:40 AM »
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Gowdy defends Benghazi select committee
By BYRON TAU |
5/11/14 9:51 AM EDT

Rep. Trey Gowdy, the new chairman of the select committee assigned to investigate the 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya — vowed Sunday the process would be fair, factual and nonpartisan.

“I have no friends to reward and no foes to punish,” the South Carolina Republican said on “Fox News Sunday.” “We’re going to go wherever the facts take us. Facts are neither Republican nor Democratic, they are facts.”

“If we overplay our hand or we engage in a process that is not fair according to the American people, then we will be punished, as we should be,” Gowdy told Fox’s Chris Wallace.

Gowdy pushed back on the notion that he was treating the chairmanship like a judicial prosecution — walking back a comment earlier last week where he said: “I can’t end a trial simply because the defense won’t cooperate.”

“For 16 years, I spoke in trial metaphors and perhaps I need to get out of that habit,” the former prosecutor said Sunday.

“What I simply meant was: when you asked me how long something is going to last, I need to know how cooperative the other side is going to be,” he said, pointing to unsettled questions about how forthcoming the Obama administration would be in the process.

Republicans will hold seven seats on the new committee, while Democrats will be assigned five. Democratic leaders are still considering whether to participate or boycott the hearings.

Gowdy said that Democrats would have a role on the committee, vowing that they would be able to participate.

“I don’t run my committees the way that the Democrats are fearful of,” Gowdy said, pointing to two subcommittees that he currently runs.

“I want a process, Chris, that at the end of it, you are welcome to draw different conclusions from the facts,” Gowdy said. “But I want everyone to say it was fair, it was exhaustive and we know more than we did when it started”

“I have said from day one I want this to transcend politics," he said, "and I want it to inspire trust.”

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Re: Gowdy defends Benghazi select committee
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2014, 10:17:10 AM »
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Becerra: Dems will participate in ‘fair’ Benghazi committee
By BYRON TAU |
5/11/14 10:01 AM EDT

Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) said Sunday that Democrats would “absolutely” participate in a fair select committee investigation in the 2012 Benghazi attacks.

“We participated in all the other seven investigations. If it’s a fair, open and balanced process, absolutely,” Becerra said on “Fox News Sunday.”

The House of Representatives this week voted along partisan lines to establish a special select committee to investigate the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans.

Democrats have accused Republicans of politicizing the process, while Republicans have said that questions remain about the attacks and their aftermath.

Democrats will get five seats on the new 12-member panel — and are weighing whether to boycott. Democratic leadership has made several specific demands about how the committee will be run.

Becerra said that Democrats would participate if they could be assured the process would not be partisan and unfair.

“We don’t want to see a reckless, irresponsible handing of an affair that took the lives of four brave Americans,” he said.

He added: “We don’t want to be is excluded. We don’t want the American public to be shut out.”

Pressed on the question, Becerra said it had to be “a fair, balanced and open process.”

Fox host Chris Wallace noted that standard was similar to the Fox News “fair and balanced” logo.

“We’ll call it the Fox Standard: Fair, balanced and open,” Becerra joked.

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Re: Gowdy defends Benghazi select committee
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2014, 10:34:21 AM »
We'll see how this goes in the coming week.  I think the thing to watch for is further defections by Democrats away from Pelosi and her attempts to obstruct this committee.  Too many Americans understand this scandal far too well and do not buy into the Far Left spin.  I think there are plenty of Democrats in America who are just as upset and want a real investigation into Benghazi.

I do not see Pelosi winning on this, not by a long shot.


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Re: Gowdy defends Benghazi select committee
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2014, 12:44:52 PM »
We'll see how this goes in the coming week.  I think the thing to watch for is further defections by Democrats away from Pelosi and her attempts to obstruct this committee.  Too many Americans understand this scandal far too well and do not buy into the Far Left spin.  I think there are plenty of Democrats in America who are just as upset and want a real investigation into Benghazi.

I do not see Pelosi winning on this, not by a long shot.
It is going to be very interesting this coming week. I still wonder why Bohner did this? He always caves to the left. Why do this? I just don't trust him. I think he is letting Gowdy have this committee as a distraction. Meanwhile in the back halls of congress Bohner will make a deal for immigration.



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