Publius / Oct. 22, 2015

Gowdy's Opening Statement

The investigation is not about you, Hillary Clinton.

In his opening statement, Trey Gowdy, chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, laid out some key factors for why the hearing had been called.

“Why were there so many requests for more security personnel and equipment, and why were those requests denied in Washington? Why did the State Department compound and facility not even come close to meeting proper security specifications? What policies were we pursuing in Libya that required a physical presence in spite of the escalating violence? Who in Washington was aware of the escalating violence? What precautions, if any, were taken on the anniversary of 9/11? What happened in Washington after the first attack? And what was our response to that attack? What did the military do or not do? What did our leaders in Washington do or not do, and when? Why was the American public given such divergent accounts of what caused these attacks, and why is it so hard to get information from the very government these four men represented, served and sacrificed for?”

“You will hear a lot today about the Accountability Review Board. Secretary Clinton has mentioned it more than 70 times in her previous testimony before Congress. But when you hear about the ARB, you should know the State Department leadership hand picked the members of the ARB. The ARB never interviewed secretary Clinton. The ARB never reviewed her emails. And Secretary Clinton’s top adviser was allowed to review and suggest changes to the ARB before the public ever saw it.”

“Madam Secretary, I understand there are people, frankly in both parties, who have suggested that this investigation is about you. Let me assure you it is not. And let me assure you why it is not. This investigation is about four people who were killed representing our country on foreign soil. It is about what happened before, during and after the attacks that killed them. It is about what this country owes to those who risk their lives to serve it. And it is about the fundamental obligation of government to tell the truth always to the people that it purports to represent.”

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