Gowdy stated that he was hopeful that the hearings would rely on the facts, and not sink to the level of partisan politics, acknowledging that many questioned the need for a special committee.

House Committee chairman Trey Gowdy of the Special Panel on Benghazi (R-SC) opened up first hearing calling for a sincere hearing dedicate to discovering the truth about what happened during the terrorist attacks in Benghazi against the United States consulate.

Gowdy reminded his colleagues that the hearings should honor the four Americans killed in the attacks including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

“We ask them to go, we sent them, and they were killed because some people hold a deep-seated animus toward us simply because we are us,” he said, offering his condolences to the family and friends of the slain.

“You have helped each of us understand these four were not just pictures on a television screen,” he said.

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