Statement from the Communications Director on Democrats’ Announced Transcript Plan

October 5, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC—Select Committee on Benghazi Communications Director Jamal Ware issued the following statement in response to Democrats’ announced intent to release the transcript from the Committee’s Cheryl Mills’ interview:

“The Committee has not released transcripts from witness interviews for myriad reasons, including the need to hear from all witnesses and gather all facts before drawing inferences or conclusions from those interviews, and the need to avoid tainting the recollections of future witnesses. The Attorney General today confirmed the wisdom of this approach when she criticized improper public discussion of the FBI’s investigation into Secretary Clinton’s unusual email arrangement. Serious investigations hear from all witnesses and the testimony of each witness should be viewed in the context of all available information.

“By selectively leaking and spinning parts of Secretary Clinton’s top aide Cheryl Mills’ transcript, Democrats have shown their nakedly political motivation, willingness to violate the letter and spirit of House Rules, and their desire to defend Secretary Clinton without regard for the integrity of the investigation. Most Democrats on the Benghazi Committee have endorsed Clinton and they are now running a protection effort for the former Secretary. Of the 50,000 documents to which the Committee has gained access, Democrats were interested in zero. Of the 41 new witnesses interviewed, Democrats suggested zero. It is one thing to merely sit idly by while others do serious work, it is quite another to attempt to undercut that work with selective leaks in violation of House Rules.”

Editors’ Note: Following her testimony before the Benghazi Committee, Cheryl Mills said the Committee treated her with “professionalism and respect throughout the process” and thanked the Committee for the work it is doing.