GOP Benghazi Committee Chairman Gowdy Admits Investigation Was a Waste of Time

While we all agree that the attack on our embassy in Benghazi back in 2012 was a tragedy, I’m not sure if any rational person thought that, nearly four years later, there would still be ongoing investigations concerning what happened that evening. Especially considering we’ve already had several investigations that have outlined to us what happened, all concluding that, while tragic, the attack itself was unlikely preventable.



We’ve known all of this –  for years.

About a year and a half ago, Republican-led investigation concluded that the absurd conspiracies and lies conservatives had been pushing about the attack for years were unfounded. Naturally, this meant that Republicans would simply order another investigation.

Well, a few days ago a story broke about a former three-star general specifically picked by Republicans to look into the “investigation” concluding that, like we’ve already known, there’s likely nothing that could have been done to prevent the attack.

Now comes the news that Republican Benghazi Committee Chair Trey Gowdy essentially admitted that this whole investigation was a giant waste of time and money.

From USA Today:

There was nothing the military could have done on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, to stop the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, but the special House committee investigating the terrorist incident will continue to probe the Pentagon’s actions that night, the committee’s chairman said Tuesday.

“Whether or not they could have gotten there in time, I don’t think there is any issue with respect to that. They couldn’t,” Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., told Fox News.

That concurs with previous congressional investigations that concluded the military could not have responded quickly enough to stop the 2012 attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

As the article says, Gowdy’s comment “concurs with previous congressional investigations.” Meaning that all of these investigations, and literally millions of dollars of taxpayer money – were wasted on absolutely nothing but a partisan witch hunt exploiting a tragedy.

This is why I’ve been saying for years that we need to hold hearings to investigate Republicans over this whole circus. When your party repeatedly orders investigations that continued to produce the same results, I think that party needs to be investigated for wasting that much time and money on pure nonsense.



Those of us who are rational know exactly what this has all been about: Keeping Benghazi around long enough, hoping they could use it against Hillary Clinton this presidential election.

They sure didn’t do a very good job of that last October.

And it won’t matter that, once again, they failed to produce any evidence to support any number of the asinine conspiracies the right has been pushing about this for years – the damage has already been done. Most Republican voters, no matter what the facts say, already believe Clinton is a “murderer” based on this widely debunked right-wing propaganda that’s been supported by the GOP continuing these investigations for nearly four years.

So I think once all of this is finally settled, we need some sort of committee established to investigate the Republican party so that we can look through their emails, memos and other forms of correspondence to find out what these folks were really saying behind closed doors – and have them answer for the fact that they’ve wasted millions of dollars on exploiting a tragedy for partisan political gain.




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Eg Kbbs

    So the do-nothing Congress who couldn’t do anything because they were wrapped up in multiple Benghazi hearings and countless votes to overturn the ACA. They were such good fiscal conservatives as they spent so much of taxpayer resources to pad their own political bids and return nothing of value to the taxpayer.

    Then when they couldn’t find anything after multiple probes, they shifted their attention to the location of RHC’s email server (totally forgetting that the Dubya administration, in a deliberate move to escape any sort of records retention, moved their email to a server operated by the RNC.) Forgetting that the secs of state under Dubya also used email not on the official servers (by their own admission) and also forgetting that the “classified” info found on RHC’s server was that someone sent her email with an article about drone attacks from a prominent newspaper (and the CIA doesn’t acknowledge the use of drones and thus considers any info on drones as classified).

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  • Eg Kbbs

    And don’t miss how the head of the committee (Gowdy) is mentioned by some press items as deliberately faking email data to make Clinton look worse.

    Fine ethics, a committee run by one party to destroy the other and a committee head faking the data.

    http://www.liberalamerica.org/…/dems-gop-give-4-7m…/

  • Bruce Brown

    Who is going to hold them accountable?

  • David Hill

    Disgusting liberals

  • Kami Weigand

    Really maybe if you and the committee would have listened to what the families of the dead that Clinton killed or listened to the people we would not be in this problem. We need someone to stand up to that witch and not let her think she got away with her lies, and her murderous ways. We the people need to stand up and show her we don’t want her or her family and no more letting her lies go

  • Tina Bass

    It was a waist of time because Hillary Clinton is “Above The Law”! I hope to see her be held accountable for not just losing 4 Americans on her watch but using an Unprotected Server, putting Top Secret information at risk. Hillary belongs in Prison.