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Benghazi panel chief Trey Gowdy: 'Facts are neither red nor blue'

05/05/2014 3:32 PM

05/05/2014 4:04 PM

U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-Spartanburg, on his appointment by House Speaker John Boehner to lead the select committee to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks:

“Twenty months after the Benghazi attacks, there remain unresolved questions about why the security was inadequate, our response during the siege itself, and our government's interaction with the public after the attack. All of those lines of inquiry are legitimate and should be apolitical. Facts are neither red nor blue.

"While people are free to draw different conclusions from the facts, there should be no debate over whether the American public is entitled to have all of the facts. In a courtroom, juries are free to believe one witness over a hundred witnesses. But you cannot make that or any other credibility determination if you do not have access to all relevant witnesses, documents and other tangible evidence.

"Four of our fellow citizens were murdered, and a facility emblematic and representative of our country was attacked and burned on the anniversary of 9-11. Our fellow citizens are full well capable of processing the truth about the attacks and aftermath, and most assuredly entitled to hear it.”

Some reaction from Capitol Hill to Trey Gowdy's appointment

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca: “Trey Gowdy is the most capable person in the entire Congress to lead the Select Committee. He’s a former prosecutor who is well-respected by his colleagues, tenacious in his approach to his duties, and fair-minded about his responsibilities. Trey is the right person at the right time.”

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-North Charleston: "The families of those killed in the Benghazi attacks deserve to know the truth about what happened that night, as well as the administration’s response in the hours and days afterwards. Trey Gowdy is without a doubt the right man for the job, and I have no doubt he will lead a thorough and fair investigation."

U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-Laurens: “I congratulate my good friend and colleague, Congressman Trey Gowdy, for being appointed by Speaker Boehner as Chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi. Trey's bulldog-like tenacity and prosecutorial skill is exactly what is needed to get to the bottom of what happened before, during, and after the attacks in Benghazi.” Democrats are undecided on taking part in Benghazi panel.

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