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Benghazi Committee Whistleblower: Trey Gowdy Violated Federal Law

| by Sean Kelly
Trey Gowdy speaks during a radio interviewTrey Gowdy speaks during a radio interview

Following the revelation from former Benghazi Committee investigator Bradley Podliska that the Committee was reportedly pursuing a “partisan investigation” targeting Hillary Clinton, the whistleblower’s lawyers issued a cease-and-desist letter to House Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy for allegedly violating the confidentiality terms of a mediation between them.

Podliska, who describes himself as a conservative Republican, made his claims about the committee's alleged right-leaning investigation on Oct. 11 in an interview with CNN. In the interview, he claimed that he was fired because he refused to conduct a biased investigation focused solely on the State Department and Clinton. 

His lawyers then sent the letter to Republican Rep. Gowdy of South Carolina on Oct. 12, CNN reports. 

According to the attorneys, Gowdy and his staff “disclosed materials and information from the mediation” that followed Podliska’s firing to the media. They wrote that Gowdy described the “private settlement discussions between the parties” in a statement to the media.

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“Both Rep. Gowdy and the committee have clearly violated terms of the confidentiality agreement and the Congressional Accountability Act,” Peter Romer-Friedman, one of Podliska’s lawyers, told MSNBC. 

Sources: CNN, Talking Points Memo, MSNBC / Photo credit: House GOP Radio & Blog Row/Flickr, Huffington Post