Appearing with FoxNews commentator Greta van Sustern on Friday, May 2, Rep. Trey Gowdy said that he has evidence of a “systematic, intentional” effort by the Obama administration to withhold documents from Congress about the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans.
“I have evidence that, not only are they hiding it, there’s an intent to hide it. I can’t disclose that evidence yet, but I have evidence that there was a systematic, intentional decision to withhold certain documents from Congress—and we’re just sick of it.”
Gowdy cited an email from Ben Rhodes regarding a prep conference call for Susan Rice before she went on 5 Sunday TV talk shows on September 16, 2012 as the “straw that broke the camel’s back” in leading Boehner to move for the select committee.
“Not only are we trying to get answers with respect to Benghazi, we’re also now investigating what appears to be a White House cover-up in one of the worst explanations for why they didn’t turn the documents over. I think the speaker just finally lost his patience. I’m glad he did what he did.”
Rep. Gowdy said that a select committee would “cross jurisdictional boundaries.” Besides the oversight panel, the Benghazi attacks are being investigated by four other House committees: armed services, intelligence, foreign affairs, and judiciary.
“We were so pigeonholed, so fragmented,” said Gowdy, who sits on the judiciary and oversight panels. “You just need one committee that can send subpoenas.
“Our chairmen have done the best job they can do, but you have a tendency to stick within your own bailiwick and we need somebody to cross all lines,” he added. “We need to have those lines disappear, quite frankly.”
Gowdy who is a former federal prosecutor is one of 190 cosponsors of H.Res. 36 sponsored by Rep. Frank Wolf calling for a select committee.