Trey Gowdy

House Republicans move forward on Benghazi, analyzing testimony for contradictions

A group of House Republicans are reviewing testimony provided by witnesses who have testified in front of congressional committees looking into the 2012 attack on the American compound in Benghazi which claimed the lives of four Americans.

In an interview with United Liberty on Thursday afternoon, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, explained that he and several other House Republicans have been reviewing testimony from congressional witnesses to look for contradictory statements.

Westmoreland said that he went to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) approximately six weeks ago to get his blessing to form a group consisting of members of three key House committees — Oversight and Government Reform, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs. He wanted members with prosecutorial experience to build a potential case.

“We would look at the testimony, we would look at a list of witnesses that have testified in front of Government Oversight and Foreign Affairs,” Westmoreland told United Liberty. “And we would look at them, and we would look at their testimony and see if there [were] any contradictions in testimonies that may have been presented by somebody else at another committee.”

Boehner’s staff contacted Westmoreland two weeks later, offering staff support to assist the group as it reviews some 50,000 pages of testimony and interviews.

“[I]t’s a small group,” said Westmoreland. “We don’t want any big committee chairs, we wanted the average run-of-the-mill kind of guy that could look at this and not be on TV every night, or be doing interviews and trying to make a lot of gain out of it, because the American people, they want to know the truth, and that’s what we’re doing our best.”

Thomas Massie and Trey Gowdy eviscerate Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber

Jonathan Gruber

Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie and South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy eviscerated Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber in yesterday’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing. Of course, the entire four-hour hearing is worth watching. But here are a few highlights.

Jonathan Gruber made a number of seriously offensive comments about the intelligence of the American public and the “tortured” way Obamacare had to be written to conceal the tax aspect. UL covered a bit of this story before Thanksgiving. Gruber’s comments are a manifestation of the Left’s belief about the general population — that they (we) are too stupid to know government programs are good for them (us) and that government planners must deceive us to our benefit.

Rep. Massie hit on two issues: the unethical nature of deceiving the American public and Gruber’s disgusting disregard for human life. Take a look:

The exchange about the unethical nature of the Obamacare deception went like this:

Watch Trey Gowdy absolutely destroy the IRS commissioner over his contradictory testimony

Trey Gowdy

Yeah, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen had a really tough time yesterday during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s hearing into the tax agency’s response to the IRS scandal.

Frankly, any time the IRS is scrutinized is glorious. But the best part of the hearing was when Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) grilled Koskinen over his previous misleading statements about Lois Lerner’s missing emails and supposedly “recycled” backup tapes as well as the IRS’ failure to properly investigate the targeting of conservative groups:

Watch Trey Gowdy’s awesome take down of the IRS commissioner over the his poor response to the targeting of conservative groups

Trey Gowdy

There were plenty of epic moments at last night’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing with IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, but Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) probably won the evening.

The committee wanted answers from Koskinen about why he and his agency haven’t been able to produce emails written by and sent to disgraced official Lois Lerner between January 2009 and April 2011. Republicans on the committee grilled the IRS chief while Democrats largely gave him a pass.

But Gowdy, a former prosecutor, thundered away at Koskinen, explaining to him that the fact that the emails are missing infers that they were going to be bad news for the IRS, which, as the South Carolina Republican explains, is called “spoliation of evidence.”

“When a party has a duty to preserve evidence, or records, and they fail to do so, there is a negative inference that is drawn from their failure to preserve the evidence,” Gowdy told Koskinen. “It’s common sense, right? If you destroyed something, the jury has a right to infer that whatever you destroyed would not have been good for you, or else every litigate would destroy whatever evidence was detrimental to them.”

Gowdy also went after Koskinen for saying that he’s “no evidence of wrongdoing” while also admitting that he hasn’t reviewed the criminal statutes to make that determination. “How would you know what elements of the crime existed?” Gowdy fired back at the IRS commissioner. “You don’t even know what statues are at play.”

Grab some popcorn and watch the video below:

Clintonistas are so worried about Benghazi they pressured Democrats to cooperate with Gowdy’s investigation

Hillary Clinton’s allies are absolutely terrified of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, according to a shocking report from POLITICO. Democrats weren’t going to participate in the process, but Clintonistas changed their minds for them because it could hurt her 2016 presidential campaign:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) publicly considered boycotting the panel, an idea that Clinton supporters feared would leave the potential 2016 candidate exposed to the enemy fire of House Republicans.

So Clinton emissaries launched a back channel campaign, contacting several House Democratic lawmakers and aides to say they’d prefer Democrats participate, according to sources familiar with the conversations. Pelosi’s staff said they have not heard from Clinton’s camp

On Wednesday, Pelosi appointed five Democrats to the committee, giving Democrats another crucial mission in the months ahead of what was already a tough election year: act as Clinton’s first line of defense.

“Republicans are making it clear they plan to use the power of the Benghazi Select Committee to continue to politicize the tragedy that occurred in Benghazi, which is exactly why Democratic participation in the committee is vital,” a Democrat close to Clinton world said. “Inevitably, witnesses ranging from Secretary Clinton to Secretary [John] Kerry will be subpoenaed to testify, and the Democrats appointed to the committee will help restore a level of sanity to the hearings, which would otherwise exist solely as a political witch hunt.”

Trey Gowdy to lead House’s search for truth on Benghazi

Trey Gowdy

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced this afternoon that Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) will lead the select committee to investigate the deadly 2012 attack on the American outpost in Benghazi, Libya.

“With four of our countrymen killed at the hands of terrorists, the American people want answers, accountability, and justice,” Boehner said in a statement. “Trey Gowdy is as dogged, focused, and serious-minded as they come. His background as a federal prosecutor and his zeal for the truth make him the ideal person to lead this panel.”

Boehner announced plans to hold a vote, which could come as early as this week, to establish a select committee on the Benghazi attack, a decision was spurred by the disclosure of previously unreleased emails between White House and Obama administration officials.

“I know [Gowdy] shares my commitment to get to the bottom of this tragedy and will not tolerate any stonewalling from the Obama administration. I plan to ensure he and his committee have the strongest authority possible to root out all the facts. This is a big job, but Rep. Gowdy has the confidence of this conference, and I know his professionalism and grit will earn him the respect of the American people,” Boehner added.

Boehner announces vote to establish select committee on Benghazi

Following disclosures of previously unreleased emails between White House and Obama administration officials, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced early this afternoon that he will establish a select committee to investigate the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack.

The Weekly Standard reported this morning that Boehner was “seriously considering” a select committee due to a previously unreleased email showing that a White House official urged then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice “[t]o underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy” when she appeared on Sunday talk shows following the attack.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that the email hadn’t not been released prior to this week because it was “not about Benghazi.” Promos from those Sunday talk shows show that Rice’s appearances on revolved around the attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in the Libyan city.

“Americans learned this week that the Obama Administration is so intent on obstructing the truth about Benghazi that it is even willing to defy subpoenas issued by the standing committees of the People’s House,” Boehner said in a statement. “These revelations compel the House to take every possible action to ensure the American people have the truth about the terrorist attack on our consulate that killed four of our countrymen.

Today in Liberty: Trey Gowdy destroys Lois Lerner, Republicans push Internet sales tax again

“How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it except the pleasure of seeing it.” — Adam Smith

— KathLOLn SebLOLus: In case you haven’t heard, our dear Health and Human Services secretary has called it quits. Sebelius recently submitted to her resignation to President Obama, apparently in early March. He’s expected to, at some point today, appoint OMB Director Sylvia Burwell to succeed Sebelius.

Trey Gowdy slams “stunningly arrogant” Susan Rice over Benghazi

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) wasn’t impressed by National Security Advisor Susan Rice’s defense of the narrative that the White House tried to create immediately after the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack.

In the days after the attack, the White House and other senior administration officials, including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then-U.N. Ambassador Rice, tried to spin the attack as a spontaneous protest to an anti-Muslim YouTube video that went awry. But that narrative was false.

Gowdy, who has been a critic of the administration’s handling of Benghazi, leveled Rice during an appearance on Fox News on Monday, telling host Greta Van Susteren that the National Security Advisor’s comments this weekend on Meet the Press were “stunningly arrogant.”

“There was no evidence to support that false narrative of a video, not a scintilla of evidence. All of the evidence pointed exactly to what she claimed it wasn’t, a pre-planned, coordinated attack,” Gowdy told Van Susteren. “She was fabulously wrong when she said it the first time, and stunningly arrogant in her refusal to express any regret for lying to our fellow citizens.”

Gowdy said that he “would love the chance to ask follow-up questions” to Rice, adding that Meet the Press host David Gregory “apparently did not avail himself of that opportunity.”

“Greta, I just listened to the clip,” Gowdy said, “I get tougher questions in the Bojangles drive-through than he asked her.”

Obamacare’s bogus paper application process

After the well-publicized glitches and problems with the federal Obamacare exchange, President Barack Obama and administration officials told prospective enrollees not to worry, telling them that they could still sign-up for coverage by phone or submit paper applications.

But it turns out that this was a just a ruse, as many suspected. Jon Karl of ABC News reported earlier this week, citing memos from the Obama Administration, that the paper and phone application process uses the same system that as the website, meaning that they’re not moving any quicker than web-based applications (emphasis added):

A series of internal Obama administration memos obtained exclusively by ABC News reveal for the first time how dysfunction with has upended the entire Affordable Care Act enrollment process, including applications by paper and phone that officials have been pushing as more reliable alternatives.
“The same portal is used to determine eligibility no matter how the application is submitted (paper, online),” reads a Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight memo from Oct. 11.

“The paper applications allow people to feel like they are moving forward in the process and provides another option,” it says. “At the end of the day, we are all stuck in the same queue.”

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