Rep. Elijah Cummings has called Benghazi Committee Chair Rep. Trey Gowdy a liar and he has demanded he apologize to Hillary Clinton for saying she violated national security. This is typical Cummings. He is the wolf in the House. His viciousness is only outdone by the leftist attack blogs.
Cummings put his accusations in a letter that he sent to Gowdy who responded in kind.
Media Matters and Daily Kos are falsely claiming that Rep. Gowdy confessed to altering documents in order to make false allegations against Hillary. It’s only meant to discredit Gowdy and the work of the committee before Hillary’s testimony on Thursday. They are capitalizing on statements by Reps. McCarthy and Hanna suggesting the Benghazi committee was politically motivated and attempting to damage Mrs. Clinton. A fired aide also made the same claim. McCarthy admitted that isn’t what he meant. Hanna is not a member of the committee and has no information whatsoever. As for the aide, he was fired in June. However, the damage was done.
Daily Kos made the ridiculous claim that Gowdy admitted to tampering with documents and presented an incomplete two paragraphs from Gowdy’s letter:
[M]y understanding is the CIA advised the Committee in a very brief email late Saturday night that it had reviewed the material in question and asked for no material to be redacted.
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Our Committee has access to career civil servants, former federal prosecutors, former intelligence experts as well as military experts who are uniquely well suited to gauge intelligence information and how it should be handled. Although the Executive Branch is ultimately responsible for classification, we remain concerned with the naming of sources and methods and will continue to protect that information now and going forward where it is readily apparent to us. As such, we will continue to redact certain information to protect sensitive information regardless of how others treat that information […]
The actual complete paragraphs from the letter claim the Executive Branch redacted the documents.
Contrary to your assertion, the CIA did not inform the Committee that anything about the facts stated in the October 7 letter “[was] wrong.” As usual, I would ask you to completely and accurately relate the facts rather than attempt to create an impression that is misleading based on an incomplete and selective recitation of the facts. In fact, my understanding is the CIA advised the Committee in a very brief email late Saturday night that it had reviewed the material in question and asked for no material to be redacted. In fact, the name of the alleged source was redacted from the material cleared for public release by someone in the Executive Branch – the fact that the CIA says it didn’t do it does not mean the material was not sensitive or classified. And in fact, additional information remains in the document that ordinarily would be considered highly sensitive. This appears to mean either Mr. Blumenthal conveyed false and unreliable information to Secretary Clinton about Libya and misrepresented it, or the review process is faulty or has been politicized. I also note the fact you did not quote the material in question in your letter, suggesting you yourself have reason to believe that it should not be publicly disclosed for some proper reason. These are important issues. I’m glad to know you also consider them important and worthy of detailed additional review by the Committee.
Our Committee has access to career civil servants, former federal prosecutors, former intelligence experts as well as military experts who are uniquely well suited to gauge intelligence information and how it should be handled. Although the Executive Branch is ultimately responsible for classification, we remain concerned with the naming of sources and methods and will continue to protect that information now and going forward where it is readily apparent to us.
What Gowdy does admit to is protecting information, sources and methods.
Media Matters, for their part, is taking exception to a comment in a letter to Cummings on October 7 which accused Clinton of receiving classified information in an email which she then forwarded to Sidney Blumenthal. He said further that it “could jeopardize not only national security but also human lives.”
The information was leaked and numerous right-wing media and blogs reported it along with Fox News. Cummings then accused Gowdy of lying, saying that the CIA said the information was not classified.
Gowdy’s response debunking the claim was not reported by these outlets. They are only reporting Cummings’ claims. It also doesn’t mean the information isn’t classified simply because the CIA didn’t say it was, Gowdy said.
Think Progress, which, like Daily Kos, is a George Soros site made much the same claims as Media Matters in the same biased way.
In an interview with POLITICO, Gowdy said this is worse than the death threats he got when he was a federal prosecutor.
“I would say in some ways these have been among the worst weeks of my life,” Gowdy said this weekend during a lengthy interview with POLITICO. “Attacks on your character, attacks on your motives, are 1,000-times worse than anything you can do to anybody physically — at least it is for me.”
“It was like the older brother saying, ‘You keep believing in the tooth fairy,’” Gowdy recounted. “I knew it would get worse, but I didn’t know how bad.”
“When I hear that ‘it’s about her [Hillary],’ it is so hard for me,” Gowdy said, before addressing Clinton directly: “You are not worth 18 months of my life, with all due respect. Four dead people are, but you’re not.”
This is why we get vermin in Congress. The good people get chewed up and spit out, using vicious blogs managed by the likes of George Soros and David Brock [Media Matters]. George Soros and David Brock and their publications are both tied to the White House and to Hillary Clinton.
Heaven help any Republican who makes a mistake.
Trey Gowdy is a good man and he’s never dealt with anything like this and this is our government we are talking about.