The Democrats are not the only ones criticizing Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy. Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) said that he believes a “big part” of it was designed to weaken Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) suggested in a recent Fox News interview that the committee was formed to drive down Clinton’s poll numbers. Bradley F. Podliska, a former Republican staffer on the committee, also called the investigation politically motivated.
Gowdy is not one to take the criticism with a grain a of salt and delivered a rather curt retort to those who have and delivered a message to his Republican colleagues in the House criticizing his committee’s probe: “shut up.”
“I have told my own Republican colleagues and friends: shut up talking about things you don’t know anything about,” Gowdy said Sunday. “Unless you’re on the committee you have no idea what we’ve done, why we’ve done it, and what new facts we have found,” he continued. “We have found new facts that have absolutely nothing to do with her.”
Gowdy said McCarthy, Hanna and Podliska are “three people who don’t have any idea what they’re talking about.”
Clinton is set to appear before the Benghazi committee Thursday and has begun her campaign to discredit the findings before the proceedings begin. She called the panel “a partisan arm of the Republican National Committee” and said she did not know what to expect from Thursday’s hearing.
“I already testified about Benghazi. I testified to the best of my ability before the Senate and the House. I don’t know that I have very much to add,” Clinton said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “I will do my best to answer their questions, but I don’t really know what their objective is right now.”