Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death.” When we sin (lie, cheat, deceive) we become separated from God and we become separated from true life. Therefore, perforce, we experience a spiritual death.
Though we are rescued from ultimate spiritual death, Romans 6:23b, we are not exempt from the natural consequences of our sin. We may feel confused, disconnected, guilty – or worse. Republican Representative Trey Gowdy (SC), the Chair of the Select Committee on Benghazi has taken to whimpering like a little bitch in the wake of recent revelations regarding his tenure as head witch-hunter.
Trey Gowdy The Hypocrite
The Select Committee on Benghazi began its investigation with a promise to be fair. According to committee chair, Trey Gowdy, “There are certain things in our culture that have to transcend politics, and I don’t mean to sound naive, but the murder of four fellow Americans and an attack on a facility that is emblematic of our country should transcend politics.” Yet despite repeated claims by Gowdy that he is objective, his prior record on the subject of Benghazi precedes is appointment as chair.
- Gowdy accused the Obama administration of giving “demonstratively false statements” during an October 10, 2012 hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
- In November 2012, Gowdy issued a press release stating “the [Obama] administration intentionally misled the American people,” about the circumstances surrounding Benghazi.
- In September 2013 Gowdy issued another press release regarding the anniversary of the Benghazi attack, stating: “the family and friends of four murdered Americans are still without a modicum of justice. It matters when a fundamental belief we hold about our country and our military—that you will not be left behind— has been called into question. It matters because if you can’t trust the information your government is giving you, how can you trust your government on any issue? You cannot compartmentalize credibility.”
Trey Gowdy The Criminal
As Liberals Unite reported earlier this week: in a bombshell revelation, the Central Intelligence Agency reached out to Democrats serving on the Select Committee on Benghazi on Saturday to confirm that Chairman Trey Gowdy had altered documents provided to the committee by Hillary Clinton.
On October 7, 2015, Gowdy sent a response to ranking Benghazi member Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), referring extensively to Sidney Blumenthal, a long-time confidante and adviser to the Clintons, who served as assistant and senior adviser to Bill Clinton from August 1997 until January 2001.
In addition to Sidney Blumenthal’s business interests, Secretary Clinton also apparently received classified information from Blumenthal- information she should have known was classified at the time she received it. In one email, Blumenthal writes “Tyler spoke to a colleague currently at CIA, who told him the agency had been dependent for intelligence from [redacted due to sources and methods].”1 This information, the name of a human source, is some of the most protected information in our intelligence community, the release of which could jeopardize not only national security but also human lives. Armed with that information, Secretary Clinton forwarded the email to a colleague–debunking her claim that she never sent any classified information from her private email address.1 There may be other instances as well where Secretary Clinton passed on classified information she received from Sidney Blumenthal. [emphasis added]
- However, as Newsweek reported, the CIA informed the House Select Committee on Benghazi last Saturday that Gowdy’s claims were false: “Indeed, according to committee correspondence reviewed by Newsweek, the CIA did tell the panel on Saturday that it had reviewed 127 emails between Clinton and her close friend and outside adviser, Sidney Blumenthal, and none of it was deemed classified.Additionally, according to Newsweek: “’The CIA reviewed the material in question and informed State that it required no redactions,’ the agency informed Susan Sachsman Grooms, staff director and general counsel for the panel’s Democrats, on October 17.”
- Last Sunday Cummings sent a letter to Gowdy in which he dropped the bomb – accusing Gowdy of altering documents in an effort to frame Clinton: “To further inflate your claim, you placed your own redactions over the name of the individual with the words, ‘redacted due to sources and methods.’ To be clear, these redactions were not made, and these words were not added, by any agency of the federal government responsible for enforcing classification guidelines.”
- Cummings continued, emphasizing the fact that the CIA had thoroughly debunked Gowdy’s false claims against Clinton: “Contrary to your claims, the CIA yesterday informed both the Republican and Democratic staffs of the Select Committee that they do not consider the information you highlighted in your letter to be classified. Specifically, the CIA confirmed that ‘the State Department consulted with the CIA on this production, the CIA reviewed these documents, and the CIA made no redactions to protect classified information.’”
Trey Gowdy Benghazi Witch-Hunter
Kurt Eichenwald published an excellent article in Newsweek this Wednesday detailing just “how political this latest Benghazi investigation has become.” Looking to the reports, Eichenwald points out that:
- “Since March, the committee has issued almost 30 press releases related to Clinton; only five have been put out on every other topic combined.”
- Writing of the committee’s interim report published in May, he explains that: “The word Obama—who cannot run for commander-in-chief again—is not mentioned. Neither is the word president. Or Ansar al-Sharia, the group suspected of engineering the attack. White House makes only 13 appearances. Imagine an investigation on 9/11 that did not mention Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden or President Bush; that is what has been done with the Benghazi committee’s first public report.”
- Eichenwald continued: “It gets worse. The name Ahmed Abu Khatalla, the man arrested as the mastermind of the attack, shows up once. The word terrorist appears only 10 times. As for references to Clinton, the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination? Those show up 36 times in just 13 pages, an astonishing number given that the word Benghazi appears only 38 times. But the winner for the most mentions is the 39 references to emails from Clinton and the State Department. Clinton and her emails are referenced 49 percent more than the location where the attack took place and 197 percent more than the word terrorist.”
- Then there’s the matter of the June interrogation of longtime Hillary Clinton associate and confidante Sidney Blumenthal. Blumenthal was questioned for more than eight hours by the Benghazi Committee before being asked on single question regarding Benghazi and in spite of the fact “Democrats on the committee established quickly that morning, Blumenthal had never been to Libya and knew nothing about the assault.”
- Gowdy sent armed Marshals to serve a deposition subpoena on Sidney Blumenthal despite the fact that he was completely cooperative and would have voluntarily appeared without a subpoena, but was never asked.
- Gowdy later admitted that he “never expected Witness Blumenthal to be able to answer questions about the attacks in Benghazi, Libya.”
- The Select Committee asked Blumenthal more than 160 questions about his relationship and communications with Clinton, but fewer than 20 questions about the Benghazi attacks; more than 50 questions about the Clinton Foundation, but only 4 about security in Benghazi; and more than 45 questions about David Brock, Media Matters and affiliated entities, but no questions at all about Ambassador Stevens or other personnel in Benghazi.
Trey Gowdy’s Aggressive Press Campaign Against Hillary Clinton
- Since March, Gowdy’s press releases have focused almost entirely on Secretary Clinton.
- Over the past nine months, he has issued 22 press releases related to Secretary Clinton (including one on Sidney Blumenthal’s emails with Clinton), but only 5 press releases on any other topic during that period.
- Of the 5 non-Clinton press releases, three (1, 2, 3) are about the State Department’s compliance with document production, one marks the anniversary of 9/11, and one is Gowdy’s interim progress report.
- The only documents Gowdy has publicly released over the past 17 months were Clinton’s emails with Sidney Blumenthal, and Gowdy did this unilaterally with no debate or vote by the Select Committee.
- At the same time, he has blocked the public release of Blumenthal’s deposition transcript, which would reveal all the questions Republicans asked about Hillary Clinton and other issues that have nothing to do with Benghazi.
- Almost immediately after the interview with Cheryl Mills, Republicans began leaking inaccurate information to damage Clinton with unsubstantiated or previously debunked allegations, while refusing to release the complete transcript.
- Gowdy refused to investigate or condemn a leak that made more unsubstantiated allegations against Clinton despite the fact that Politico was forced to correct a front-page story that relied on apparently doctored information about an email produced to the Select Committee.
Trey Gowdy’s Taxpayer-Funded Political Campaign Against Clinton
- The Committee was given an unlimited, taxpayer-funded budget, and it has now spent more than $4.6 million in one of the longest and least productive investigations in congressional history—focused on Clinton.
- The Committee is being used by Republican fundraisers to attack Clinton.
- The Committee’s attacks were described by the conservative PAC America Rising as a taxpayer-funded political activity: “This has all occurred without a single cent of paid advertising taking place.”
- Gowdy’s name, image, and position has been used to solicit political donations by Stop Hillary PAC, which describes itself as “created for one reason only—to ensure Hillary Clinton never becomes President of the United States.
- Gowdy appeared at a GOP political event in June where local Rep. Chuck Fleischmann explained: “Whether you are Hillary Clinton or any other lefty out there, you better beware because Trey Gowdy is out there and he is going to get you.”
- Gowdy reportedly does not plan to release his findings until “just months before the 2016 presidential election.”
- Gowdy’s approach has been criticized even by conservative commentators: “Whatever the findings are in this investigation—it will forever be plagued by allegations of unfairness, and politics if this investigation is dragged into 2016. That would not be fair to the American people.”
Trey Gowdy The Hypocrite – Part 2:
After spearheading the Republican-led witch hunt the past 18 months, in an exclusive interview with Politico last Sunday, Gowdy whined about attacks on him and the Benghazi committee as Hillary Clinton’s appearance neared – imagining somehow that his plight of recent weeks compares to that of Hillary Clinton who has been dragged over searing hot coals for three years.
- “I would say in some ways these have been among the worst weeks of my life,” Gowdy said during the interview, adding: “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.”
- “The people who know me appreciate the fact that it is an impossible job … to run a serious factcentric investigation in a political environment,” he continued. “So the best you can do is keep trying.”
- Complaining about allegations that he is targeting Clinton, Gowdy told Politico “When I hear that ‘it’s about her,’ it is so hard for me.” Addressing Clinton directly he stated: “You are not worth 18 months of my life, with all due respect. Four dead people are, but you’re not.”
- Whimpering about criticism from Democrats, Gowdy states: “I think that’s just [the Democrats’] MO: If you can’t attack the facts, you can attack the investigators … just attack, attack, attack and something will take hold,” he said. “[A]t some point, maybe something will stick, or maybe you get them off track or you get them to do or say something stupid, then you can seize on that.”
- Gowdy also claimed he is being being picked on by the media, telling Politico: “You can work your entire career to have a reputation, and then someone you have no recollection of ever meeting sits down with a reporter and you’re immediately in a position of having to defend and it’s impossible to prove a negative.”
The historical significance of this moment can hardly be overstated, and it seems many Republicans, Democrats and members of the media don’t fully understand the magnitude of what is taking place. The awesome power of government—one that allows officials to pore through almost anything they demand and compel anyone to talk or suffer the shame of taking the Fifth Amendment — has been unleashed for purely political purposes. It is impossible to review what the Benghazi committee has done as anything other than taxpayer-funded political research of the opposing party’s leading candidate for president. Comparisons from America’s past are rare. Richard Nixon’s attempts to use the IRS to investigate his perceived enemies come to mind. So does Senator Joseph McCarthy’s red-baiting during the 1950s, with reckless accusations of treason leveled at members of the State Department, military generals and even the secretary of the Army.