Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) is not happy with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for his stupid statements connecting the Benghazi hearings with Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the White House. (McCarthy isn’t necessarily wrong, but it was stupid to make the statement.) Now, Hillary is using McCarthy’s comments in her campaign, the Benghazi committee’s important work has been undermined, and McCarthy himself may have just lost his shot at becoming the Speaker of the House! All in all, McCarthy has forced himself into a bad spot.
However, he’s also forced everyone else in the GOP into a bad spot, and now we’re all forced to find a way out. Rep. Trey Gowdy, who is chairing the House committee on Benghazi, started that work on MSNBC’s Morning Joe by blastin McCarthy for his comments and by telling MSNBC’s viewers that McCarthy was just plain “wrong.”
Trey Gowdy: Kevin is not on the Benghazi committee. Kevin, I’m sure, doesn’t know we’ve interviewed forty-one witnesses that none of the previous committees have interviewed, including seven eyewitnesses. I would just respectfully ask folks to look at what we’ve done and look at October 22nd and you’ll see a fact-centric, professional fair hearing…
Joe Scarborough: You and I both like Kevin very much, he’s a great guy. I can’t imagine how angry I would be if I were in your position, working nonstop to bring credibility to what I consider to be a very important investigation, and then a guy who I consider a friend and ally undercut you this way.
Trey Gowdy: Well, he is a friend, but my first reaction is, ‘Kevin, you’re wrong.’ When Speaker [John Boehner] called me, he never mentioned Secretary Clinton’s name. In fact, we’ve had three public hearings, Joe. I never mentioned her name. If you look at what we’ve done, the 50 some odd witnesses we’ve already interviewed, not a single one has been named Clinton. The 50,000 documents we have accessed no other committee has accessed, less than 5% had anything to do with her.
Gowdy has publicly said that he has no interest in being Speaker of the House, which is sad news because he’s exactly the kind of bulldog the GOP needs leading the way.
For his part, ever since he made the mistake, Kevin McCarthy has been trying to fix the damage caused by comments. He and current House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) recently spoke to the press in an effort to clarify his comments. It was quite easy to see the strain that the whole episode has caused McCarthy – the stress was plastered all over his face.
“The integrity of Trey Gowdy, the integrity of the work that has been done, has never been called into question,” McCarthy told the gathered press.