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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Trey Gowdy will have a difficult and dirty job

Most, if not all, us believe Congressman Trey Gowdy is the very best us. He is bright, stupendously articulate, gentlemanly, and above all principled. He may soon have a chance to prove that he is the man we think he is. Those of us who followed the Benghazi attack and subsequent investigations have intuitively sensed there was more to the story than the powers in Washington wanted us to know. There is bipartisan culpability, not in the bogus talking points, or unsubstantiated stories of generals ordered to stand down but rather the purpose of the CIA Annex and the role of the CIA in Libya.
On May 3, 2014 I wrote:
Suppose Speaker Boehner and one or two committee chairmen had been briefed about a clandestine CIA operation which the American public would not approve ? That would explain the curious statement by Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Rep. Buck McKeon when he trashed the House Oversight and Government Reform's star witness, Brigadier General Robert Lovell's testimony.
“BG Lovell did not serve in a capacity that gave him reliable insight into operational options available to commanders during the attack, nor did he offer specific courses of action not taken,” McKeon, R-Calif., stated. “In the end, while BG Lovell did not further the investigation or reveal anything new, he was another painful reminder of the agony our military felt that night; wanting to respond but unable to do so.”
It would also explain why House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a man who has spent much of his adult life in the intelligence field both with the FBI and in Congress should suddenly decide that he was really born to do talk radio.
I concluded the post:
Ultimately Obama bears the responsibility for the dead but the foot dragging by Speaker Boehner causes me to think there is plenty of blame to share. Only the appointment of Trey Gowdy to chair the select committee will satisfy me that he intends to finally restore some credibility to the House.
To my surprise Speaker Boehner did eventually create the Select Committee on Benghazi and did appoint Rep. Gowdy as the chairman. As stated, everyone who followed the investigations closely knew the full story was not being told and that applies to people a damn sight smarter than I. On May 14, 2014 Eli Lake penned the post, New Benghazi Investigation Spooks GOP Leaders. Lake noted that the creation of the Select Committee was opposed by the three committee chairman who had previously investigated Benghazi; Reps. Darrell Issa, Buck McKeon, and Mike Rogers.
Today Judicial Watch posted: The Benghazi Bonanza: A Bi-Partisan Scandal. Midway down it reads;
Perhaps most intriguing in the recent email batch is a one-line note to Mrs. Clinton from a top advisor, Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan. The subject of the September 10, 2011 email is simply “Rogers.” The note in its entirety reads: “Apparently wants to see you to talk Libya/weapons.”
“Rogers” is then-House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a Republican. The email was unearthed at the deep end of the document dump and first noted in a piece by Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne of Fox News.
So Rogers was in it up to his ears? It could be he was interested in drumming up business for a private security firm run by his wife, Aegis Defense Services. Throw in Sidney Blumenthal and you have the makings of a real scandal. Evidently Blumenthal's  emails passed through Hillary to Sullivan. In any event it is up to Congressman Gowdy to sort it out. To do this he will probably have to call Rogers to testify thereby creating a Republican civil war while the Democrats on the committee circle the wagons around Hillary. This could get messy but if Trey Gowdy is the man I think he is it will get done.

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