Gowdy asks admiral why Clinton, Obama not interviewed on Benghazi

A South Carolina congressman hammered Adm. Mike Mullen’s decision not to interview then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or President Obama as to what role, if any, they may have played in the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy’s pit-bull tenacity — something he honed during his years as a prosecutor — served him well as he questioned Mullen’s judgment as co-chair of the Benghazi Accountability Review Board.

Gowdy began by establishing that Clinton was neither interviewed nor presented with written questions about what she knew before, during and immediately after the events of the Sept. 11, 2012, raid on the U.S. mission in Benghazi.

He then asked Mullen the questions the secretary should have been asked. The best Mullen could do was to offer his best guess.

“Was Secretary Clinton aware of the attacks on Western targets in Benghazi, Libya, leading up to Sept. 11, 2012?” he asked. “Was she aware that the British ambassador was almost assassinated in Benghazi in the weeks and months leading up to Sept. 11, 2012? Was she aware of the request for additional security at the Benghazi facility?”

Time after time, Mullen couldn’t offer a definitive answer, as Gowdy’s examination of the witness became more and more heated.

The congressman eventually quoted Clinton as saying the review board was “hard at work looking at everything,” then asked Mullen how he “could look at everything when you don’t even bother to interview the person who is ultimately responsible for what happened to the State Department?”

Receiving no satisfactory response, Gowdy read a similar quote from Barack Obama, then asked whether the president had been interviewed about his role in the affair. The answer was, of course, no

Watch the exchange:

Later in the day, Gowdy addressed family members of two of the State Department team members slain in Benghazi. They were Patricia Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, an information management officer at the facility; and Charles Woods, the father of Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, who was killed defending the compound from the roof of the security annex.

Gowdy’s tone and demeanor took a 180-degree turn with these grieving parents as he offered his gratitude for their sons’ service and sympathy for their loss. He then promised them truth and justice.

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  • Marianne Marie Munger

    Great job Mr. Gowdy, I pray you find out the truth about Benghazi and bring justice to the families.

    • lovinspoonful

      He is one sharp, astute man.

      • Eric Haulenbeek

        We could use a few more like him too. Finally, a ray of hope for the republican party!

        • lovinspoonful

          We sure could. He has been a force to be reckoned with in the committee investigation of the IRS.

  • kathleen clark

    time
    to clean house!!!!NO TREASONOUS LYING MURDERS no dictators allowed arrest and hang
    obama n clinton for treason and reinsttate our constitution………..obama n
    clinton are not above any laws in this country they need to be held
    accountable now

  • Toni Welnhofer

    Lots of ppl are depending on you and the rest of the senate to bring out the honest truth. We already know about the gun running, what more is there to hide that is more treasoness?

    • lovinspoonful

      Benghazi.

  • Lonnie Royal

    Who are you protecting, Admiral Mullen? Seems like you fear for your retirement check, or how much were you paid to protect Hillary when every mentally stable human in America knows the truth? Seems to me that Representative Gowdy has the balls to stand up and ask the right questions without getting a straight and honest answer. Admiral, it has everything to do with “Honesty”. I can’t agree with you, sir.

    • aclay777

      he’s a puppet, you know Obama has retired and fired “every top Military leader and replaced them with sell outs and “men” (using the world lightly) without any American loyalty or integrity, he’s destroyed the Military leadership

  • Susan Royse Harris

    Mr. Gowdy, you do our State proud. It’s a shame more of our supposed leaders do not have the integrity and leadership skills you have. As far as Admiral Mullen, you Sir are an insult to all of us who have served and are serving today. What has happened to our Military Leadership?

    • aclay777

      Yes, But we still have our embarrassments here in SC, we still have Lindsey Graham, and this guy as hated as he is, he’s going to run for the Senate again, We need Gowdy to distract from that traitor.

  • Shannon Clark

    Upstanding man. Keep shining the light on these Rats. They do their dirty business in the dark. We the People do care a great deal about this. We care very much, we mourn your lose. I am truly sorry and so ashamed of the people who are running this country into the ground and off the cliff. Keep on them Rep Gowdy.

  • Larry Fries

    Get Obama over at the house in a chair

    • sludog

      He would just LIE, Its as easy for him as breathing.

  • trudygl

    I like Tray, he is such a pit bull. He is also such a good person for doing this and trying to get to the bottom of all this.

  • Si Simmons

    GOWDY FOR PRESIDENT!

  • Si Simmons

    WATERBOARD Obama and Clinton!