Trey Gowdy Not Backing Down on Benghazi – Plans To Question Hillary (Video)

House Benghazi Select Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said Wednesday he won’t be deterred by Democrats on the committee who are trying to undermine the investigation.

Via The Washington Examiner:

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the panel’s top Democrat, has accused Gowdy of operating a “partisan investigation” over the past eight months by holding secret meetings with witnesses and then withholding or downplaying information from those interviews “that undermines allegations the committee is investigating.”

In Wednesday letter to Gowdy, the committee’s five Democrats objected to his plan to go forward with 22 “unilateral and unnecessary” subpoenas to State Department officials without any committee debate or vote.

But Gowdy said that Democrats have refused multiple times to accept a negotiated rules package over demands for veto power over subpoenas. He added he’s tried to work out a compromise but that Democrats have refused.

“I am unwilling to let the minority party veto subpoenas when it is clear they have prejudged the outcome of the investigation,” Gowdy said. “The minority has repeatedly indicated it is unwilling to issue any subpoenas. If subpoenas are necessary for the committee to talk to relevant witnesses or access relevant documents, they will be issued.”

Gowdy went On the Record with Greta Van Susteren Wednesday night to talk about the dispute with Democrats on the panel, and his intention of interviewing Hillary Clinton as soon as the State Department produces “the documents, cables and emails” he’s requested.

“I have questions on all three tranches,” Gowdy told Greta. “Starting with the designation of our facility in Benghazi which met no security standards whatsoever – so – why was it open?” Gowdy noted that it’s part of a Sec. of State’s job to personally review the security of these facilities.

He also said he would ask about how she answered her “3:00 phonecall.”

“I think it’s fair to ask, ‘Madam Secretary what did you do during the pendency of those attacks.'”

And finally, he would ask about the talking points and why Susan Rice went on the Sunday talk shows to push a false narrative instead of her.

As for the Rep. Cummings’ complaint that Republicans on the committee have been meeting with witnesses “in secret” Gowdy countered that the Democrats have almost certainly been doing the same – with Hillary Clinton herself, for example.

Gowdy explained that there are some whistleblowers who don’t want to go on the record with what they know – (presumably out of fear of retaliation from the Obama administration.)

“When somebody comes up to you and says, ‘I will only talk to you, I will not give my name, I don’t want to be a witness but I do want you to know what I have…’ my choice is to either say ‘I’m not interested to hear what you have’ or my choice is to violate their confidentiality and their security…”

 

Video: Rep. Trey Gowdy Grills State Dept Weasel on Benghazi Docs

The Select Committee on Benghazi chaired by Rep Trey Gowdy is taking place Tuesday morning and can be viewed live on CSPAN.

Here is the opening statement by Rep Gowdy, complaining about the slow pace of the investigation due to the State Department’s stonewalling.

Gowdy grilled Asst. Deputy Sec of State Joel Rubin.

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:

 

 

Benghazi Annex Security Team Members Blast Democrat Congressman: “Don’t Call Us Liars” (Video)

Last week, Kris Paronto, Mark Geist, two members of the Benghazi security team who defied stand-down orders and rushed to the sound of guns as the American diplomatic compound was attacked, challenged Congressman Adam Schiff (CA-D) to a debate after he said accused them of being “highly irresponsible” and essentially called them liars telling tall tales to sell a book.

In a press conference, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) and Rep. Schiff had attempted to shoot down  the claims of the three Benghazi security operators who had appeared on  Fox News earlier this month. They disputed the annex security team’s version of events, specifically their claim about defying a “stand down” order from a CIA officer. Paronto and Geist said “say that to our face” and challenged Schiff to a debate on “Hannity.”

Schiff, who usually jumps at any chance to get in front of the cameras,  declined to appear on the show. So Thursday night, the two faced off with Rep. Smith – and things did get a bit heated.

Paronto said it’s ridiculous to argue about “semantics,” saying the order was given and the men had to wait a half hour before making the decision on their own to rush to the consulate.

“I don’t know how else to explain it. I want to say to Mr. Smith: was he there that night with us? Where was he? Because that’s what happened. We’re telling you what happened on the ground,” said Paronto.

Smith attempted to weasel out of it by claiming that he was referring to U.S. personnel in Tripoli having not receiving a “stand down” order, at the presser – not the men at the annex in Benghazi.

What he had said at the press conference with Schiff, was, “myths continue to be brought up. One of the big ones is the whole issue of a “stand down order” which was never given.”  But what other “myths” (aka narratives that don’t benefit Democrats) had been brought up in the past month other than the allegations of the three men from the Annex security team?

The two special operators weren’t buying it and called BS.. Smith was standing right next to Schiff when he had defamed them.

Paronto told Smith he should have stood up and disputed Schiff if he disagreed with what his colleague was saying.

“The book is correct. Everything in the book is right. Don’t call us liars and if you’re going to, come to the studio with us, apologize for it,” said Paronto.

Smith’s mission Thursday night was to protect the White House and the State Department by denying that any stand down orders came from Washington DC. “That was investigated and clearly proven not to be the case,” he said.

Benghazi Annex Security Team Members Challenge Democrat Adam Schiff To A Debate (Video)

I’ve been meaning to get to this. It’s important.
Two members of the Benghazi Annex Security team who disobeyed stand down orders to rush to the sound of guns on 9/11/2012, joined Sean Hannity on Fox, Wednesday night, to talk about their new book,  “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.”
Mark Geist and Kris Paronto were asked by Hannity to respond to Democrat members of Congress who have essentially accused them of lying, asserting that the stand-down order was never given. This issue may be key to what exactly was going on that night and why they were there in the first place.. There is something very fishy about the Democrats’ refusal to admit the truth.
Congressmen Smith and  Schiff have both heard  closed door testimony in which the security team members made the same assertions about the stand down order, and yet in front of the cameras, they call it a Fox News conspiracy theory. Geist and Paronto would like for them to say that to their faces.
From the Hannity show rush transcript:
 GEIST: They’re trying to play on words — no official stand-down…
KRIS “TANTO” PARONTO, BENGHAZI ANNEX SECURITY TEAM: No improper…
GEIST: … no improper stand-down…
PARONTO: It happened.
GEIST: I mean…
PARONTO: We were delayed. The stand-down — the words “stand down” were given and we were delayed (INAUDIBLE)
HANNITY: The words — the actual words “stand down” were given.
PARONTO: Yes. And John Tiegen Tigg (ph) has said that on multiple occasions…
HANNITY: The person that gave them.
PARONTO: Yes…
 ***
PARONTO: He was the one that received it. I received the two waits…
HANNITY: You wouldn’t — you wouldn’t possibly know where the — where it started from.
PARONTO: No. We know from our immediate chain of command, which was — which we say in the book is Bob.
HANNITY: Would he make that decision on his own, when he knows — you guys were listening to the communications at the consulate, right?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We were — yes. The distress calls, definitely.  Oh, yes.
HANNITY: And what finally pushed you over the top to disobey orders – – you disobeyed orders.
PARONTO: Yes, we did.
HANNITY: What finally pushed you to that point was you heard over the communications, If you don’t get here, we’re going to die. True?
(CROSSTALK)
PARONTO: … say that multiple — multiple times, yes, we did.
GEIST: Yes.
HANNITY: And you believe that people did die in the — in the 30 minutes, the interim…
(CROSSTALK)
PARONTO: And keep in mind, 30 minutes that we stood down, and it took us another 30 minutes to go on foot just to get there because their defenses were — they basically were able to reinforce their defenses. So it cost us 30 minutes just for the stand-down, but we don’t know how much longer it really cost us because we couldn’t drive all the way. We actually had to disembark and go the rest of the way on foot.
HANNITY: You know, there’s a lot of things — my kids, if they get in trouble, like every kid, you know, I’m fine with it. I can live with mistakes. All kids are going to make them. But when they lie to me, they’re in big trouble.
Now, my question is, they are — you’re telling us that these politicians that weren’t there, and you were there…
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.
HANNITY: … and you left your safe annex at the time and you went into the firefight at the time and you brought back 25 people, which makes, in my mind, you guys are heroes that night. And they’re calling you liars.  So I want to know, you know, what would you like — what do you want to do about that? I would be pretty pissed.
GEIST: I’d like to invite Mr. Schiff to a debate.
PARONTO: We could talk — and we can talk to him about it.
GEIST: We can talk about it.
PARONTO: We can discuss it.
GEIST: He wants to see and say that to my face, we can talk about it and talk about everything.
PARONTO: It’s difficult for me because you’re calling a Ranger, a SEAL and three Marine liars.
HANNITY: Two of the SEALs died.
PARONTO: Well, then you’ve got all — yes, and two of the SEALs did, and you also still have the one Jack (ph), the living SEAL. He’s still alive. We all — we all went, we all testified at one point, some point during the hipsy(ph), said the same thing we’re telling you now.
HANNITY: I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. I am willing to invite all of these Democrats…
PARONTO: Fine.
HANNITY: … that accused you two of lying on this program, and see – – I would be surprised if they’ll say it to your face. Let’s see if they have the guts to come on the program, gentlemen. You’ve accused American heroes of lying. Congressman Smith, Congressman Schiff, they’re invited on the program. We’re going to make calls first thing tomorrow and see if we get statements from their offices.
Have you been called — I’m watching the hearings today, and I’m thinking — all right, I read your book. Your account is so different.  You talk about stand-down orders they deny. You said there was no YouTube video connection. You said that there was no spontaneous demonstration, that this was a planned terror attack, right?
GEIST: That’s what it looked like, yes.
HANNITY: OK. And — but that’s — we heard a totally different story! Were the American people lied to, in your opinion?
PARONTO: If their — if it differs from what we said in the book and that same time, same account, I would say, yes, they have been.
HANNITY: Well, you heard almost from the beginning YouTube video, spontaneous demonstration. I don’t know many spontaneous demonstrations where you have RPGs in your pocket, do you?
GEIST: I would agree…
(CROSSTALK)
PARONTO: I haven’t seen any. I haven’t been in any, and I’ve been through a lot of demonstrations and a lot of…
GEIST: You don’t see them bring those things.
PARONTO: … a lot of protests. No, doesn’t happen.
GEIST: You know, I it to the readers and there listeners out there and the television viewers, just read the book. And you know, you’ll make your decision based on the information you have and what we say in the book because we were there, like you said.
PARONTO: And keep in mind, we quit our jobs. We resigned from working government work and contracts to do this. So it wasn’t that we wanted to sell books or we wanted — it got to us so badly that we actually got together as a team and said, Hey, you know what? This story’s getting spun way out of control. It’s either us standing up and telling the truth, or it’s just going to continue down that (INAUDIBLE)
HANNITY: So when you heard about the YouTube video, when you heard there was no stand-down order, when you heard a spontaneous demonstration and you were both there and you say this didn’t happen and you hear from the president, you hear from Susan Rice, you hear from Hillary Clinton, you hear from, I think Leon Panetta — they all said it. And you — so are you guys watching this on TV? And what are you thinking?
GEIST: I was laying in a bed, a hospital bed…
(CROSSTALK)
GEIST: … surgery in Germany. And there was a consul general from State Department and his wife right there. They could have asked, or — and any question they would have wanted about what happened there and gotten the truth from on the ground.
HANNITY: Why have you never been called to testify?
PARONTO: No, we have. We have gone in front of the House Intel subcommittee.
HANNITY: OK.
PARONTO: And we did tell them…
HANNITY: Behind closed doors?
PARONTO: Behind closed doors. Why our testimony wasn’t part of their findings, or maybe it was and they just decided not to listen to it, I don’t know. But we said the same thing to them as we’re telling you now on TV, as we wrote in the book. It has not changed.
HANNITY: All right, so what we’re going to do — I’m going to follow up with these congressmen, and we’re going to — hopefully, we’ll put you all in the same room…
PARONTO: OK.
HANNITY: … and we’ll hash this out because if they lied about men that were heroes that night, the country needs to know that. And if they want to call you a liar, I think they ought to do it to your face. They ought to have the character to do it to your face.
PARONTO: I would say so.
GEIST: I would — I agree with that 100 percent. Looking forward to it.
PARONTO: We’re OK with that, too. I’m OK with that.
HANNITY: All right. And what you did that night was amazing. You were there when Ty Woods died, too.
PARONTO: Yes.
GEIST: Yes, he was right beside me.
HANNITY: Right beside you. He died right in front of you.
GEIST: Yes.
PARONTO: Yes.
At some point the Select Committee on Benghazi is going to address this  little discrepancy. Democrats are still determined to shoot down Fox News’ two year old “Stand Down Order” scoop as a “conspiracy theory.” Dems in Congress know that if they just keep denying it happened even though the guys who were there on the ground on 9/11 say it did happen, the MSM will carry their water. There are probably conversations about this on left-wing “journo-lists” as we speak. Just keep denying. Call it a “conspiracy theory” propagated by ideologues trying to sell a book.
What are they trying to hide?
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Select Committee on Benghazi Hearing Live Feed

The House Select Committee on Benghazi is holding its first hearing, titled “Implementation of the Accountability Review Board recommendations.” The hearing began at 10 a.m. Eastern.

Providing testimony are Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Gregory Starr, whose position was created after the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and two security experts who served on a State Department independent panel.

Live feed via Rollcall:

Here is Chairman Trey Gowdy’s opening statement:

Gowdy’s final comments:

SEE ALSO:

Twitchy: Early Observations from Trey Gowdy’s Benghazi hearing

Hot Air: Benghazi Hearings About To Force The Press To Pay Attention.

NRO: Clinton ‘Correct the Record’ Site Lies About the Record on Benghazi

Bombshell: Former Clinton State Dept. Official Describes Benghazi Cover-Up Operation

If you thought there were no more Benghazi bombshells left to drop – think again.

Writing now at the Daily Signal, former CBS investigative Sharyl Attkisson reports that a top former State Department official is alleging that while the September 11, 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack was being investigated, senior aides were part of a secret operation to sift through and remove documents that were damaging to her highness – Sec. of State Hillary Clinton – before they could be turned over to the Accountability Review Board.

The Accountability Review Board was the internal State Department probe that was derided as a “whitewash” by Republicans on the Oversight and Reform committee for completely omitting Clinton and Obama from the investigation.

According to former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell, the after-hours session took place over a weekend in a basement operations-type center at State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. This is the first time Maxwell has publicly come forward with the story.

At the time, Maxwell was a leader in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), which was charged with collecting emails and documents relevant to the Benghazi probe . . .

When he arrived, Maxwell says he observed boxes and stacks of documents. He says a State Department office director, whom Maxwell described as close to Clinton’s top advisers, was there. Though the office director technically worked for him, Maxwell says he wasn’t consulted about her weekend assignment.

“She told me, ‘Ray, we are to go through these stacks and pull out anything that might put anybody in the [Near Eastern Affairs] front office or the seventh floor in a bad light,’” says Maxwell. He says “seventh floor” was State Department shorthand for then-Secretary of State Clinton and her principal advisors.

“I asked her, ‘But isn’t that unethical?’ She responded, ‘Ray, those are our orders.’ ”

A few minutes after he arrived, Maxwell says in walked two high-ranking State Department officials.

Yes, House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah have been made aware of this incriminating information. The first hearing of the House Select Committee on Benghazi will be held this week.

SEE ALSO:

Twitchy: Cover-up unraveling? Brit Hume sees ‘big deal’ in Sharyl Attkisson’s Benghazi ‘bombshell’

 

Gateway Pundit: Rand Paul on Hillary’s Iowa Trip: I’d Like to See Her Back in DC Testifying on Benghazi (Video)

I’d like to see her back in Washington testifying about her role in the Benghazi tragedy. Frankly, there’s still a lot of questions. I asked herpoint blank when she came last time what were they doing in the CIA annex and did it have anything to do with the attacks. And, she acted as if she knew nothing about it. But, it’s funny now reports have been coming out for about a year, saying she was the biggest and most eager to get arms out of Libya to send them into Syria. So, there’s still a lot of questions we’ve got for her if she decides to come back here.”

I know that the Clinton machine has had two years to come up with a strategy to deal with the Benghazi scandal, and even with the MSM pulling in her favor, I still don’t know how she weasels out of this. Of course, history tells us, when the Democrat media complex and their chosen candidate have all their ducks in a row – they will mow down everything in their path – first and foremost, the truth.

Hat tip: White House Dossier

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