The former prosecutor selected to head the U.S. House investigation into the current administration’s handling of a 2012 terrorist attack that left four Americans dead in Libya recently gave an update the progress his team is making. They plan to investigate the entire Benghazi incident, and all who were involved. This includes big names such as Hillary Clinton, who was Secretary of State at the time of the attack.
In a recent ABC News interview, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy explained why much of the investigation has heretofore been done behind closed doors.
“I can get more information in a five-hour deposition than I can in five minutes of listening to a colleague ask questions in committee hearings,” he said.
Gowdy continued, noting that his goal is to obtain the most information possible.
Achieving that end, he explained, means using “the investigatory tool that is most calculated and gets you the most amount of information and that’s not five minutes in a committee hearing.”
He does see the merit in at least some of the proceedings being held in full view of the American people.
“My view of public hearings,” he explained, is “if there is a factual discrepancy, then the jury or our fellow citizens need to hear both sides, and they can determine where the greater weight or credibility is. But if there is a consensus on a point, there really is not any reason to litigate that in public.”
For the most part, however, he questioned the motivation of those who favor a widely publicized investigation.
“If you want to get on the news, then go rob a bank,” he said.
According to Gowdy, even though the inquiry is not making headlines every day, there is real work going on behind the scenes.
“It’s going to be a professional investigation,” he maintained, “despite folks who may want to see it be something else. They’re going to be disappointed.”
When asked whether he plans to have the investigation wrapped up by the upcoming midterm elections, he was adamant in his response.
“No,” he said, “heavens no. I’ve decided that I’d rather be right than first; so we’re going to do it methodically, professionally, and there is no timeline.”
He told ABC that at least some of the hearings scheduled to begin after the current congressional break are expected to be public.
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom