Chairman Gowdy Responds to Public Allegations Made by Military Personnel Regarding the Benghazi Attacks
Washington, D.C. — Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after two servicemembers made public allegations regarding the military’s response to the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya:
“The Select Committee is conducting a thorough, fact-centered investigation into what happened before, during, and after Benghazi, which means talking to the service members on the ground with firsthand knowledge is just as important as talking to the generals and admirals who command them. It is unfortunate some Obama administration political appointees think otherwise and have stonewalled our requests for certain witnesses.
“As a former federal prosecutor, I find it deeply troubling there are individuals who would like to share their stories, but have not because they are afraid of retaliation from their superiors. No one should be afraid of talking to their elected representatives in Congress.
“The committee has not interviewed these individuals and therefore cannot vouch for the credibility of their allegations. I can promise these witnesses and others, if they talk to our committee they will be treated fairly, and both Republican and Democrat members will have questions for them. Nearly 100 people have testified before the committee, and not one witness has said they were treated otherwise.
“Democrats may be content to stick to their preordained conclusions, but the committee has an obligation to determine what can and cannot be substantiated when it comes to the new witnesses we have interviewed and the new evidence we have gathered.”