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Rep. Trey Gowdy wants to
know why the U.S. stayed in Benghazi
by Nathan'ette Burdine: May 8, 2014

During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said that his main question about the Benghazi investigation will be “Why were we still there.”

Gowdy is the chair of the Select Committee that will investigate the September 11, 2012, attacks that occurred in Benghazi, Libya.

He was responding to Mike Barnicle’s question of what he, Gowdy, believes is the “most important unanswered question about Benghazi.”

Gowdy responded that he couldn’t understand why the Obama administration didn’t give greater attention to the “episodes of violence” that were occurring during the summer of 2012.

He cited the attacks on the British ambassador and the International Red cross as evidence that Benghazi was not a safe place to be.

Gowdy told Barnicle, “But I want to know why-we were placed on actual notice that Benghazi is a dangerous place. Why were we still there?”

Democrats have dismissed the Republican led investigations about Benghazi as “partisan politics.” And some Democrats have said that due to the “partisan politics,” they will not serve on the newly formed Select Committee.

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” quoted Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) as saying, “I will be dead-set against it…I’m not bringing a noose to my hanging.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wrote a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) urging him to make the committee more fair and balanced.

Boehner responded that the committee already had more equal representation than the previous Select Committee formed by Pelosi when she was the Speaker of the House.

Chuck Todd, host of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” told Gowdy that some people view the formation of the Select Committee as “partisan politics.”

And that he, Gowdy, and the committee could possibly get “more credibility” if they agree to Pelosi’s terms.

Gowdy responded that “elections have consequences” and this is the result of the Republicans winning the House.

Gowdy did go on to say that he will try and be fair to all involved in the investigation.

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