Cummings said Republicans no longer appear interested in discovering facts about Benghazi, but merely are trying to prove that Clinton “engaged in some sort of conspiracy” over the attacks, calling the investigation a “travesty” that has cost taxpayers more than $3.5 million.
The chairman of a House panel investigating the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, says that a longtime confidant of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton did not write any of the numerous memos he forwarded to Clinton while she served as secretary of state.
Nearly all the memos forwarded by Sidney Blumenthal to Clinton came from a single source, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said late Tuesday.
Both Gowdy and Blumenthal agreed that Blumenthal shed little light on the Benghazi attack, but Gowdy called the all-day session interrupted by lunch and floor votes “productive” and informative. Blumenthal, however, said his appearance “was for one reason and one reason only, and that reason is politics.”
Rather than offer original analysis, Blumenthal was “simply and merely a conduit of someone who may have had business interests in Libya,” Gowdy said after Blumenthal spent nearly nine hours at the Capitol as Gowdy’s committee met in closed session.
Blumenthal, who has never been to Libya and is not an expert on the country, “has absolutely no idea if (information included in the memos) is credible or not,” Gowdy said.
Gowdy also told Fox News Megyn Kelly on Tuesday he now questions Clinton’s claim that Blumenthal’s guidance on Libya was “unsolicited” after reviewing additional emails from the former secretary of state that appear to show the opposite.