Skip to comments.Reminder: When Trey Gowdy threw down the gauntlet to the mainstream media on Benghazi questions
Posted on 05/18/2014 4:00:32 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
This video comes from a press conference given by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) earlier this week [see update - from late last year], but Real Clear Politics picked it up today, and it’s definitely worth a fresh look. As the newly-appointed chair of the select committee investigating Benghazi, Gowdy has bristled at criticisms that all of the questions have already been answered — especially when those criticisms come from national media outlets who have shown remarkably little curiosity about the collapse of American policy in Libya. In his presser, Gowdy challenged the critics to answer the questions his committee will probe — or at least to start asking them:
”We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act in Benghazi, and make no mistake, justice will be done.” That was the president of the United States over a year ago.
“We’re investigating exactly what happened, but my biggest priority now is bringing those folks to justice.” That was the president of the United States over a year ago. No one has been arrested. No one has been prosecuted. No one has been brought to justice. We don’t even have access to the witnesses.
You in the media were good enough for my 16 years as a prosecutor not to tell me how to do my job, and so far in Congress, y’all have been good enough not to tell me how to do my job. I’m not telling you how to do your job. But I’m going to ask you some questions, and if you can’t answer these questions, then I’ll leave you to draw whatever conclusion you want to draw about whether or not the media has provided sufficient oversight.
Can you tell me why Chris Stevens was in Benghazi the night that he was killed? Do you know? Does it bother you whether or not you know why Chris Stevens was in Benghazi? Do you know why we were the last flag flying in Benghazi after the British had left and the Red Cross had been bombed? Do you know why requests for additional security were denied? Do you know why an ambassador asking for more security days and weeks before he was murdered and those requests went unheeded? Do you know the answer to why those requests went unheeded? Do you know why no assets were deployed during the siege? And I’ve heard the explanation — which defies logic, frankly — that we couldn’t have gotten there in time, but you know, they didn’t know when it was going to end. So how can you possibly cite that as an excuse? Do you know whether the president called any of our allies and said, “Can you help? We have men under attack.” Can you answer that? Do any of you know why Susan Rice was picked? The secretary of state did not go. She says she doesn’t like Sunday talk shows. That’s the only media venue she does not like, if that’s true. Why was Susan Rice on the five Sunday talk shows? Do you know the origin of this mythology that it was spawned as a spontaneous reaction to a video? Do you know where that started? Do you know how we got from no evidence of that to that being the official position of the administration?
In conclusion, Congress is supposed to provide oversight, the voters are supposed to provide oversight, and you are supposed to provide oversight. That’s why you have special liberties, and that’s why you have special protections. I am not surprised that the president of the United States called this a phony scandal. I’m not surprised Secretary Clinton asked, “What difference does it make?” I’m not even surprised that Jay Carney said Benghazi happened a long time ago. I’m just surprised at how many people bought it.
It’s been a few days since this presser, and not only have I not seen answers to these questions, I still haven’t noticed these national media outlets bothering to ask them.
Update: This actually came from a press conference late last year, and not this week — although it got picked up again this week. My apologies to those in the comments who got this right. Newsbusters noted in on Wednesday with the proper date attribution, but everyone else seems to have mistaken it as recent, including me. It’s worth noting, though, how all of these questions still have no answers, and few in the media even bothering to ask them. Also, I’ve changed the headline to reflect the time difference.
Saw this last night and it’s the best thing I’ve seen out of Washington in a long long long time ..worth the watch, worth bookmarking, worth sending along.
The corrupt treasonous MSM has had the back
of the Obama Administration’s treason.
From his start pretending to be an American
to his evil planned murder and rape of a US Ambassador
as part of Obama’s transfer of weapons to al Qaeda.
Cut from the same cloth as Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Louie Gohmert.
Best thing Boehner had done in years, to appoint a firebrand former prosecutor to go for the juggler.
Because. Nobody. Cares. Trey is a good man, but he and his mission are about one year too late.
The slimy main stream media ain't seen nuthin' yet. Wait till Trey starts the proceedings.
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I'm assuming if Gowdy really gets to the bottom of things, it's going to be ugly....as ugly as were Snowden's revelations about spying on US citizens. JMHO...he took the job, he's got to get to the bottom of it. Otherwise, Boehner and other RINOs might be planning to use this to marginalize him.
Don’t be suprised when the MSM start their drum beat against Gowdy. Just like what happened with Starr.
“...they didnt know when it was going to end.”
Oh, good Lord!!! I never thought about that. Their excuse about the time it would take to get help there is TOTAL BS. (Like all the rest they’ve said.)
I am very encouraged that Gowdy brought this issue up FIRST. The answer to this question gets the administration into some deep mud.
Do you know?
Does it bother you whether or not you know why Chris Stevens was in Benghazi?
Do you know why we were the last flag flying in Benghazi after the British had left and the Red Cross had been bombed?
Do you know why requests for additional security were denied?
Do you know why an ambassador asking for more security days and weeks before he was murdered and those requests went unheeded?
Do you know the answer to why those requests went unheeded?
Do you know why no assets were deployed during the siege?
The press knows 'horse race'.. they care if this helps or hurts Clinton or Obama. That's all they know, and they're probably wrong... Hey New York Times and Washington Post boys - grow up...
In December, Trey Gowdy kicked the media in the nuts. Problem is the media doesn’t have any.
So. He should drop it?
Man - I LOVE!!! Trey Gowdy!!!
“Can you tell me why Chris Stevens was in Benghazi the night that he was killed? Do you know why requests for additional security were denied? Do you know why an ambassador asking for more security days and weeks before he was murdered and those requests went unheeded?”
Maybe the answer to Gowdy’s questions could be that someone in D.C. determined that Stevens had to “go” for some reason — either political or personal. This occurred to me in church today when Pastor was discussing King David, and I recalled what he did to Uriah.
They’ll drag out some high school acquaintance who’ll swear Trey once said “n1gger” in a private conversation.