Mister Benghazi Wants More Facts in His Life

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Mister Benghazi himself, former Select Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, recently announced that he will not run for reelection and will instead join a private practice as an attorney in South Carolina.

Gowdy has not said much about his reasons for leaving Congress, but he appeared on CNN this morning where he said something I can only describe as stunning.

"I like jobs where facts matter. I like jobs where fairness matters. I like jobs where, frankly, where the process matters. It's not just about winning and it's not just about reaching a result," Gowdy told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day."

"So facts don't matter in Congress?" Camerota asked.

"I think what matters in Congress is finding a group and then validating or ratifying what they already believe," Gowdy replied.

Half a dozen Republican-controlled congressional committees completed their own investigations of Benghazi before Gowdy's select committee was even created. in fact, Gowdy's committee was created because previous investigations turned up nothing of consequence.

We still don't have the full story, Gowdy said, justifying the creation of a committee that also turned up nothing.

As the Benghazi Committee chairman, Gowdy conducted himself exactly as a hack prosecutor would. Gowdy could not prove through evidence alone that something illegal had taken place so he sought to create the impression that something illegal had taken place. He leaked selectively-edited transcripts of his interviews to a media that lapped up every drip and took his investigation in directions that were only distantly related to the attack on the American embassy in Benghazi.

Winning or "reaching a result" was all that mattered; winning in 2016 with a result of Donald Trump in the White House.

Given the years of fake news reports and misleading information spawned by the GOP's endless investigation of Benghazi, if you were to poll the public I bet they would know less about the attack today than they did when it actually happened in 2012.

Gowdy is perfectly suited for the job of a legal shark, but he's a terrible public servant.

  • katanahamon

    He probably just wants to reach minimum safe distance before the Rump White House explodes.

    • MadJuana

      My thought exactly.

    • Draxiar

      Run away so they don’t actually have to hold trump to the fire and even try to save face for their party. So now we know the order of importance: Self > Party > Country

  • David Greenberg

    Stupid? Evil? Both? Definitely both.

  • Aynwrong

    In the last few years the Republican party has sent to the House of Representatives Trey Gowdy, Darrel Issa and Devin Nunes. Before that the country was treated to the leadership stylings of Tom DeLay and Newt Gingrich (Paul Ryan should pray his legacy is judged strictly in comparison with these names).

    It really is a party of chicken fuckers, isn’t it…

    • Victor the Crab

      Chicken fuckers up the ass, to be precise.

  • muselet

    Trey Gowdy isn’t particularly self-aware, is he?


    • Aynwrong

      In all fairness, if any of us regular commenters on this site were the accomplished amoral whore that Trey Gowdy is, we’d run screaming from the concept of self awareness with the speed of The Flash.

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    • Victor the Crab

      If he was, then he’d realize his head looks like an egg with a few strands of hair on top.