Trey Gowdy – the committee chairman – lead the witch hunt every step of the way, yet the final report was added to the official house record without a single word from Gowdy himself. Why is that? Perhaps it’s because he accomplished his goal and there’s now need for him to abuse his position to push his partisan, anti-Clinton agenda. USA Today explains:
The special committee was created in May 2014 to investigate the terrorist attacks at the U.S. compound in eastern Libya where four Americans died, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
In June, the Benghazi Committee report was endorsed by the Republican committee members but not the Democrats. It severely criticized military, CIA and Obama administration officials for their response as the attacks unfolded and their subsequent explanations to the American people. It accused the government of incompetence at various levels, including a failure to deploy needed military assets, CIA intelligence reports that were “rife with errors,” and misguided planning even in the midst of the violence. The report did not single out wrongdoing by then-secretary of State Hillary Clinton, although some Republicans on the panel alleged that overall concern for her political future influenced and hampered some of the decision-making surrounding policy in Libya.
Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of State was revealed as part of the Benghazi investigation, but the committee did not investigate whether the setup led to improper handling of classified information. The FBI declined to pursue criminal charges regarding the email system, but it was a major issue in the 2016 presidential election.
Gowdy called the report the “final, definitive accounting” of the Benghazi attacks.
From this point forward, whenever any conservative shouts “But, But Benghazi!” to you, in reference to Hillary Clinton’s corruption, you can not-so-gently remind them that those principles went out the window after she lost the election, because apparently those principles only exist when it benefits one side’s (The GOP of course) political agenda.