“Good investigators talk to everybody, not just folks whose testimony may buttress your position.” – Rep. Trey Gowdy, House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman, 12/30/13
Members of Congress should never be trusted, even the ones who seem to be the most trustworthy. As much as the American people may be inclined to trust House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy, they should not, at least not completely. Healthy skepticism is healthy for a reason. Gowdy has already made one highly questionable decision by appointing Philip Kiko as Executive Director, as Shoebat.com has explained. This should warrant more scrutiny, not less.
As should any deference Gowdy might show toward House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI). In response to an irresponsible New York Times piece on Benghazi by David Kirkpatrick last December – reviewed by Shoebat.com – Gowdy was asked in an interview who the American people believe, Kirkpatrick or Rep. Rogers, who expressed skepticism with Kirkpatrick’s claims that al-Qaeda wasn’t involved in the attack. Gowdy said:
“They should believe Mike Rogers, who is a former FBI agent and Adam Schiff who happens to be in a different party but I respect him greatly… Both of those men dedicated their lives to following the facts wherever they take you, without respect to trying to prop up anybody’s political career, without respect to trying to damage anyone. Wherever the facts go, that’s where they go.”
In that exchange, Gowdy asserted Rogers should be believed over egregious lies of Kirkpatrick. With all due respect, that’s an easy call. A call not so easy for Gowdy is one that needs to be made – a tough deposition of Rogers.
Rogers should be deposed about what he knows and he should be asked very hard questions.
The last time there was a major investigation into a terrorist attack that happened on September 11th, the body charged with investigating it came up woefully short of telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
One of Hillary Clinton’s allies has already charged that the Benghazi Select Committee is about a ‘political witch hunt’.
The best way for Gowdy to make sure it isn’t is to demand answers to tough questions asked of members of his own party who know much more about Benghazi than they’ve told the American people so far.
Rogers clearly falls in that category.
Here is the December interview with Gowdy mentioned above: