Trey Gowdy (@TGowdySC), South Carolina, Republican, blasts Dr. Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and Jay Carney (@JayCarney) for their “DEMONSTRABLY FALSE” statements about BENGHAZI, Libya

10/10/2012 5:11 Rep. Trey Gowdy blasts Jay Carney and Ambassador Susan Rice: I want to know why we were lied to!

Thank you Mr. Chairman

Mr. Chairman


For almost a year there was an escalating pattern of violence directed towards the United States and other western targets in Libya

Attacks on the Consulate in Benghazi

Attacks and assassination attempts on the British Ambassador

Attacks on the International Red Cross

Attacks on courthouses

Judges assassinated

Culminating on September 11th, in the murder of four (4) Americans including our Ambassador … to Libya

Before … those four (4) murders, Mr. Chairman, just a few weeks before that … our Embassy in Libya, said this to the Department of State:

“The security condition in Libya remains … unpredictable, volatile, and violent”

So, Mr. Chairman, despite what would appear to any reasonably objective observer, as an escalating pattern of violence, including sophistication, coordination, and management, this Administration blamed the murder of our Ambassador and three (3) others … on a video

Don’t take my word for it, Mr. Chairman

Let’s look at what Ambassador Rice herself said:

“Our current assessment is that what happened in Benghazi was” … quote “in fact … initially a spontaneous reaction”

I don’t know what the phrase “in fact” means in diplomatic, legalese

I can tell you what it means in a courtroom, Mr. Chairman, it means it’s a fact

And she went on National television, and she said, not as this Ambassador has said (Ambassador Kennedy), that I’m not gonna speculate, that I’ve got to get all the information, she said:

“In fact … this was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpires (sic – transpired) hours, hours before in Cairo”

“Almost a copycat … of the demonstrations against our facility in Cairo which were prompted” of course, Mr. Chairman, “by a video,” is what she said

And then she proceeds to say the attack was spontaneous

I can think of few things, Mr. Chairman, more antithetical to spontaneity, than a twelve (12) month long prologue, of violence, in Libya

And then she said she relied solely and squarely on the information the intelligence community provided

Mr. Chairman, I would like to have another Hearing where we can ask Ambassador Rice, under oath, who told you what, when❓

You’re gonna blame the intelligence committee❓

You come before this Committee, and you tell us, who told you it was a video❓

Who in the intelligence community said it❓

Who in the diplomatic community blamed this on a video❓

And then we move to Jay Carney, who’s the spokesperson for the leader of the free world

This is what he said Mr. Chairman

“I’m saying, based on information that we, our initial information that includes all information, we saw no evidence to back up claims by others that this was a pre-planned or premeditated attack”

“What we saw, was evidence that it was sparked by the reaction to this video, and that is what we know thus far based on evidence, concrete evidence,” closed quote

Mr. Chairman


You know that in a former life, I spent a little time in a courtroom

So that if I hear the term “concrete evidence,” it means something to me

That’s even stronger language, than saying something is “in fact”

So two (2) representatives of this Administration, gave demonstrably false statements, not just to us, but to our fellow citizens, on National television Now as the explanation for those demonstrably false statements, as my colleague from Florida, just asked, was it negligence❓

Was it just a reckless disregard for the truth❓

Or was it more nefarious than that❓

Mr. Chairman, the American people are reasonable

People understand investigations take time

People don’t expect you to speculate until you have all the facts

What they will not forgive, Mr. Chairman, is being misled

We want our questions answered, and I want them answered by the people that went out before the American people and sought to mislead them by blaming this, on a video, when there is no evidence, concrete, or otherwise, to support the assertions made, by this Administration

Mr. Chairman, I just had a conversation with Ja, Jason Chaffetz, out back, and I hope he doesn’t mind me saying this

He, still gets, emotional, talking about what he saw in Libya

There were four (4), brave Americans, who died under circumstances that we can scarcely fathom

The terror

The fear

The anarchy, of being killed in that fashion

They did what their Country asked them to do

They stood post under dangerous circumstances even after requests for security were denied

They stood their post

The least we can do is stand this meager post that we’ve been assigned, and demand that this Administration speak the truth to the people it’s supposed to serve

This was never about a video

It was never spontaneous

This is terror, and I want to know why we were lied to, and I yield back



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