Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, who chaired the two-year House Select Committee on Benghazi, refused to say on June 27 that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton lied about her role following the attack in Libya (video below).
An unidentified reporter asked Gowdy, "There are bumper stickers and T-shirts all over this country that say, 'Hillary Clinton lied, people died,' Maybe Mr. [Rep.] Pompeo would answer this too. Is that true?" notes The Daily Beast.
"You don’t see that T-shirt on me, and you've never seen that bumper sticker on any of my vehicles, and you’ve never heard me comment on that," Gowdy replied.
The reporter never said Gowdy had either the T-shirts or the bumper stickers, but when the reporter followed up, Gowdy refused to answer and told him to read the 800-page Select Committee Report.
"I’m not gonna tell you what to be on the look out for, I’m gonna tell you there’s new information," Gowdy stated. "And it fundamentally changes the way I view what happened before, during and after."
Another reporter asked Gowdy if he thought Clinton lied, and he said, "I'm not going to assign. That’s a word you couldn’t use in a courtroom."
The New York Times reports that the report, which cost more than $7 million in taxpayer funds, yielded no "new evidence of culpability or wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton."
However, the report scolded the U.S. Defense Department, Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. State Department for failing to adequately prepare for security risks in outposts in Benghazi.
The newspaper notes that Clinton had taken responsibility for the State Department's role before she was called to testify in front of the committee.
Brian Fallon, a spokesman for the Clinton campaign, said in a statement on June 27: "After more than two years and more than $7 million in taxpayer funds, the committee report has not found anything to contradict the conclusions of the multiple, earlier investigations."
Clinton told journalists in Denver that the report didn't contradict past reports, but said the House committee had a "partisan tinge."
"I’ll leave it to others to characterize this report, but I think it’s pretty clear, it’s time to move on," Clinton added.