GOP Rep Demands McCarthy Apologize to Benghazi Victims’ Families, Gowdy

Thursday on CNN’s “At This Hour,” Rep. Thomas Massie (R–KY) criticized his colleague Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), a candidate to replace John Boehner as House Speaker, for his comments linking Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton‘s plummeting poll numbers to the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

Massie said, “What Kevin said, sounds like something you would hear in a smoke-filled back room on ‘House of Cards.’ It’s not appropriate in Congress. Unfortunately the Democrats are right to criticize him. I would criticize him. I think he owes an apology to the families and probably to Chairman Gowdy because he’s diminished the work that Chairman Gowdy has done. I serve on the oversight committee. We had Benghazi hearings in our committee. Political considerations were not in our minds when we were standing there—sitting there, looking at the families behind the witnesses, the families of the lost ones, the ones that were lost there.”

He added, “Chairman Gowdy has no political intentions with this committee. In fact, a lot of partisans have complained he hasn’t had more public hearings. He’s doing the work behind the scenes. He’s not trying to make a circus out of it. He’s a real prosecutor and he knows how to do the job and that’s collecting the facts.”

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