Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina says that while Clinton was cooperative during her testimony before the House Committee on Benghazi, she was not telling the truth. Gowdy is the chairman of the special committee that has been investigating the events of the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya.
Gowdy spoke with NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Oct. 26 about the 11-hour testimony, which was conducted on Oct. 22. While Gowdy admitted that Clinton answered his and the panel’s questions, he added that she was still not forthcoming, The Hill reports.
“She answered the questions, and I would note I don’t think I ever cut her off,” Gowdy said. “She was given ample opportunity, so she answered the questions, yeah, if that’s your definition of cooperative.”
Gowdy added that he has “always also injected an element of wholeness and completeness and also truthfulness in the definition of cooperative.”
“Did she cooperate in answering the question? Yes," he said. "Was it an accurate answer? No… When she's asked whether she takes responsibility, she says, 'Yes.' But when you ask, 'Responsibility for what?' I can't tell you what she's taking responsibility for."
When Gowdy was asked by reporters whether or not he was satisfied with Clinton’s testimony on Oct. 22, he told them that he would “have to go back and look at the transcript,” NBC News reports.
During his "Meet the Press" appearance, Gowdy added that he had given Clinton the option of having her testimony be a private hearing, according to The Hill.
“I wrote a letter several months ago giving her an option, and she chose public, and that’s well within her right,” Gowdy said.
The chairman added that future hearings conducted by the panel will be held privately.
“The private ones always produce better results,” he said.