For months, critics of Chairman Trey Gowdy and the House Benghazi Committee have criticized him for dragging his investigation into the middle of the election cycle. Just last week, a top Pentagon official sharply rebuked the panel for making new interview requests 22 months after the probe began.
However, the South Carolina Republican has an answer for his detractors: It’s the Obama administration’s fault.
Here’s the report on an interview with Gowdy from Politico.com:
“It’s taken way too long and way too much of our energy in simply gaining access. There continues to be time wasted negotiating with executive branch entities who do not want to give us what I believe Congress is entitled to.”
Right now, for example, he’s sparring with the Defense Department over interviews with military drone pilots and camera operators who flew missions over Libya the night of the attack. The Pentagon doesn’t see the point of the interviews and said they would be a waste of resources.
But Gowdy remains unswayed by those objections:
“There are witnesses we had to insist on and then we were told no, then we were told we can’t find them, and then we were told, ‘It would take X, Y and Z and you don’t want to do all that,’ and there were all these excuses… There is no way we can do this investigation without talking to these people, and it takes time.”
This seems to be par for the course (pun intended) with the Obama administration. Stonewall and lie, stonewall and lie to delay investigations and the search for truth.
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