Rep. Trey Gowdy urges Republicans to pass on Benghazi as fund-raising tool

Posted by William Douglas on May 7, 2014 

Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC)


— Congressional Democrats and Republicans are at odds over the details of the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. mission and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead.

But it also appears that Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the Republican tapped to chair a special House committee to investigate the Benghazi attack, is at odds with the National Republican Congressional Committee over using the attack and the committee's formation as a fund-raising tool.

On its website, the NRCC had a post titled 'You Can Become a Benghazi Watchdog Right Now.'

'House Republicans will make sure that no one will get away from (Rep. Trey) Gowdy and the Select Committee,' the post read. 'This is going to be a national effort for a national investigation/.'

If a viewer of the post types in a name, email and zip code, the site asks for a contribution to 'stop Democrats from controlling all of Washington.'

When Gowdy, appointed by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to head the Benghazi panel,  was asked Wednesday on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' about whether Republicans should pass on using the attack for fund-raising purposes, the former prosecutor said 'yes.'

'Yes, and I will cite myself as an example. I have never sought to raise a single penny on the backs of four murdered Americans,' he said. 'Even (in) a culture of hyper-partisanship, certain things...ought to be above politics, like the murder of our four fellow Americans, and like whether you can trust what any administration, Republican or Democrat, tells you in the aftermath of a tragedy. That, to me transcends politics.'

When asked by media outlets about the fund-raising post, the NRCC said in a statement that 'the Obama administration has not been honest with the American people with regards to the security failures in Benghazi, which left four Americans dead.'

'Our goal is to hold Democrats in Congress accountable who vote against creating the select committee on Benghazi and who continue to  try to sweep this controversy under the rug,' the statement said.





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