Benghazi Select Committee Hearing: Trey Gowdy’s Opening Statement + Questions

In his opening statement, the head of a special House committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) promised to keep asking questions until he gets answers.

In reference to the false CIA talking points, he said, “it’s one thing to have it wrong initially and eventually make it right, it’s another thing to have it right initially and then edit it and change it to make it wrong.”

“I don’t think we should move on until there is a complete understanding how the (poor) security environment described by our own government in court documents was allowed to exist,” Gowdy said.

“I don’t think we should move on until — we were told special precautions had been taken prior to the anniversary of 9/11 – what precautions were taken? Where? By whom. Why were we told the Benghazi facility was secure? Why were we told there was a strong security presence in Benghazi when we no that was not true and it was not true when it was said.”

He asked why the Government’s story on the Benghazi attack has changed so much since the initial days and weeks after the attack.

“We may answer some [questions] more than once,” Gowdy concluded.  “I would rather answer a question twice than risk not answering it at all. That would seem a rather small investment.”

Roskam Presses State Dept. on Diplomatic Security at Benghazi Hearing:

Trey Gowdy questioned Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic SecurityGregory B. Starr:



One thought on “Benghazi Select Committee Hearing: Trey Gowdy’s Opening Statement + Questions

  1. I may be wrong here in the end, but I found Starr to be quite refreshing, he came across as perhaps the first Department of State or Regime witness to be very honest about what he knew or would try to find out. I find it amazing how some insignificant bureaucrat of the likes of Charlene Lamb is able to make “life and death” decisions by overruling request that are made from the ground with first hand experiences. As usual when someone like her is caught up in some major debacle the system responds by giving them a promotion. The ole “screw up and move up” routine. While the one person who has come forward and has been forthwith about the situation Gregory Hicks has had his career demolished because he didn’t play along with the script.

    The SST team {MST team} mentioned in that exchange was the team headed by LTC Woods of Special Forces. LTC Woods {who I know} along with Ambassador Stevens were both requesting that his Team be extended until such time as a more permanent security force could be sent in and replace them. The RSO Officer at the time has also testified previously that he concurred with the need for a more permanent security placement and was having difficulty dealing with Washington getting it approved.

    Remember that there was no “usual” uniformed Military presence in Libya at the time at the Embassy providing security for the Facilities or the Ambassador. Disgraceful, those Americans were put in direct harms way for the sake of some failed policy that would cost all of them their lives.


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