SC Rep Blasts Hillary On Benghazi: “You Can’t Lie To Congress Whether You’re Sworn In Or Not”


Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who serves on several House committees including the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, discussed the Benghazi scandal in an interview with the Daily Caller's Ginni Thomas. Particularly, he dealt with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's role in the scandal and he questioned the method by which the administration has revealed to the American people what happened on September 11, 2012 in Benghazi.

Thomas said that some think that because Clinton was not sworn in by the Senate or the House makes the case for the need for a select committee that doesn't make any mistakes on the seriousness of investigating the attack in Benghazi.

"You can't lie to Congress whether you're sworn in or not," Gowdy said bluntly. "I know that some committees do swear in witnesses and some do not, but the reality is that you can't lie to Congress whether you're sworn in or not."

Gowdy went on to say that some committees don't like the custom of swearing in former members. Hillary Clinton would fall under that custom as a former member of the United States Senate.

However, "It doesn't impact your ability, not with respect to her, but with respect to anyone, to say you did not… you were not honest with the committee of Congress," the South Carolina representative stated.

"I've never been on a committee that had the opportunity to question her," he added. "I've watched the questioning and I would like the chance to ask her some questions and hopefully I will get that chance at some point."

Gowdy said the ARB (Accountability Review Board) report had been labeled "the final say so on Benghazi," but added that it was a "befuddling, if not mind numbing omission," since Clinton was never interviewed for the report.

"If you want to know what happened in Benghazi I would think that you would talk to everyone who might potentially have firsthand knowledge," Gowdy said.  "If 10 people watch a car wreck why would you talk to three?"

Gowdy, like many of us wonders why the ARB didn't question her, since she was the head of the State Department.

"The Accountability Review Board, at least in my judgment, was calculated to insulate the State Department, not to tell us what happened in Benghazi," he continued.

This is why Raymond Maxwell, a former official at the State Department who placed on forced administrative leave after the ARB report was released, believes that Hillary Clinton and her staff were the ones spearheading the review, not an independent board.

Gowdy expressed confidence in Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) to find out all the "relevant" factors about what happened in Benghazi. He also said it didn't have to be a committee hearing that was used to get the information. Depositions can also be taken to get the truth.

In fact, rather than have questioning for five minutes at a time, Gowdy said "Depositions where you can go for hours and hours and hours is more calculated to get the full story out."

Rep. Gowdy said that he didn't know how you would have a credible report if you failed to investigate all those who had information on Benghazi before, during or after September 11, 2012.

According to Gowdy, Issa has confidence in his committee and he asks their input in the best way to approach the Benghazi issue and the best way to get the facts out. Gowdy believes that depositions are the best way to do that. "That's the way we do it in litigation," he said.

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  • Jimmee41

    Bill did it...why not Hillary??? Seems to be a family thing!!!

  • Ray_Downen

    It appears we do need an independent counsel appointed to look into the Benghazi 9/11/12 attack which caused the death of our ambassador and three other citizens. The Congressional committee which looked into it didn't look far. -- Ray Downen.

  • satelliter

    You can't lie to congress? Should I laugh now or wait for the punch line? (Even the statement, "you can't lie to congress" is a lie.

  • BigJohn555

    Depositions don't give Congressmen "face time" with the cameras. Camera time is really their primary concern.

  • Helldogger

    I sooooooooooooooo wanna see Gowdy get after Hillary.

  • shannon853

    well gowdy, she did lie and just what are you going to do about it? NOTHING BUT MAKE NOISE!

  • onooop

    Hitlery can lie to whoever she wants! she is next in line to be dictator of Amerika!!!

  • tlc11532

    I don't think it will bother Hillary at all, to lie under oath. I think we watched her do it before during her testimony when she constantly said, "I don't remember, I can't recall" over and over.

    • Ray_Downen

      But remember that she says she had an "accident" which would joggle her mind! A convenient accident. So of course she couldn't remember. -- Ray Downen.

  • Robert

    Benghazi was the UNCONSTITUTIONAL execution of 2 Seal team 6 members.

  • VeeDub57

    Now isn't that just totally hypocritical? You can't lie to CONgress, but CONgress can lie every time they open their greedy, ambulance chasing mouths. And don't think for one second that's just a socialist/democrat thing, they ALL do it!

  • real talk 1

    Why is it so hard for the majority of americans to see this president for who he really isn't he could care lets about the well being of the average citizen,when is the last time you heard from any of the so called under privileged or suffering from any citizen or other wise things are not going bad for America and he's proved it when he just made his last visit to the So. American countries trying in all earnest to give even more tax payer money away through the food stamp give aways, he really could care less about the tax payer's struggle to put food on his own table .

  • VeeDub57

    Just more words. Words are as cheap in Washington as original birth obama birth certificates.
    When/if we EVER see CONgress actually "DO" something, then I'll think America has a chance. But while the ONLY thing they do is hold hearings and talk, then nothing will get done, nothing will change, and people like the Clinton's and Obama's will continue doing ANYTHING they want and get away with it.
    CONgress is complicit in EVERYTHING done by the socialist/democrats running this country.

  • amazingoly

    Gowdy for Speaker of the House soon?

    • Helldogger

      Yes!!

  • TJ

    Go Gettum Gowdy, the new voice for Truth, Justice and the American Way. Too bad none of this will actually do anything worthwhile. The fix is in, truth is irrelevant and the
    American people prefer Santa Claus to freedom. But, not to worry, the Muslims will take over and we can all pray five times a day (provided we have heads on shoulders).

  • worldwatchman

    Democrats and lies go hand in hand.

  • Prince Charly

    So She is a psychopathic liar, so what, we already know that. WHEN DOES SHE GO TO JAIL???