EXCLUSIVE: Benghazi Investigation Committee Has Ignored Whistleblowers

AP photo/Cliff Owen
AP photo/Cliff Owen

Former U.S. Attorney Joseph DiGenova, who represents Benghazi whistleblower Mark Thompson, told Breitbart News that Rep. Trey Gowdy’s investigative committee has not reached out to him, his client, or the other Benghazi whistleblowers.

The Committee has not reached out to most of the military officers with first-hand knowledge of what happened, and it is not going to talk in public about possible gun-running from the Benghazi consulate into Syria, he predicted.

“No, they’re not talking to anybody,” DiGenova told Breitbart News.

Hillary Clinton’s testimony hearing Thursday should be postponed so the Committee can have more time to sort through 1,300 pages of Ambassador Chris Stevens’ emails, which were only released to the committee on Tuesday, he said.

“If I was chairman I would have canceled that hearing to go through the 1,300 pages of documents,” DiGenova said, adding that it is “ridiculous.”

“They’re just consumed by their own” amount of work, DiGenova said.

“I have no idea what Trey Gowdy’s theory is for what he’s doing. They seem to be very pleased with their deposition process… But they have lost the momentum of public confidence. The Democrats have taken control of the messaging.”

DiGenova wondered why Gowdy chose to release a 13-page letter detailing some of his findings instead of holding a news conference to explain them. “It’s like watching Mitt Romney run for president,” he said, also taking a shot at “that idiot Kevin McCarthy” for suggesting that the Benghazi Committee was designed to hurt Clinton politically.

DiGenova also told Breitbart News that while the committee will probably touch on the reason Stevens was in Libya – reportedly to help buy back missiles and steer guns through Turkey into Syria to aid the Syrian rebels – the Committee is not going to publicly release that information.

“They’re not going to deal with that in public. That’s all going to be the subject of classified hearings,” DiGenova said.

As Breitbart News reported, Gowdy missed Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s testimony to attend a police chief’s convention in his home state during congressional recess.


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