Gowdy Says 'Significant Breakthroughs' Were Made in Benghazi Probe After Susan Rice Testimony

Cortney O'Brien
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Posted: Feb 19, 2016 8:00 AM
Gowdy Says 'Significant Breakthroughs' Were Made in Benghazi Probe After Susan Rice Testimony

Rep. Trey Gowdy’s Benghazi committee appears to have had a very productive meeting with national security adviser Susan Rice and other important White House officials this month. Following her testimony on Feb. 2, the chairman said they have made “enormous progress” in their investigation.

No one is soon to forget how Rice went on several talk shows in 2012 repeating the lie that the Benghazi terror attack was the result of an offensive YouTube video. Congressional Republicans were so frustrated with her repeating the same false talking points that they asked for her resignation.

Now, she was finally called before the Benghazi Select Committee, and from what it sounds like, she was cooperative. The panel interrogated her, along with deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes and a host of other witnesses. Gowdy said that these testimonies and access to crucial new national security records have nudged the committee closer to finding answers.

“While there are still witnesses to talk to and documents to review, these significant breakthroughs are big wins that will help the committee complete the most comprehensive investigation into what happened before, during and after the Benghazi terrorist attacks, and release a report as soon as possible,” he said.

Someone didn’t do their job on the night of September 11, 2012. Security contractors on duty that night in Benghazi claim the CIA’s delayed orders contributed to the deaths of four Americans. The soldiers were ready to go protect the U.S. consulate following the first gunshots, but they say they were told to “stand down.”

Democrats may claim the Benghazi committee is wasting tax dollars on a biased witch hunt, but even the security contractors who were on the ground in the dangerous region defend the panel. After all, “it’s the only committee that’s actually talked to everybody.”

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this post suggested Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes had testified in front of the Benghazi committee this week. They actually testified on Feb. 2. We apologize for the error.