We have two reports. We have the full-fledged 800-page report put together by the committee chairman, Trey Gowdy. We have a couple other Republicans, Mike Pompeo of Kansas and Jim Jordan, Ohio, and they put together their own summary of the 800-page report, which is — well, as you might imagine, it’s pared down. It gets in, gets it, and gets out. Both are really well done.
Even without a press conference today and even without the frustration of looking at the media trying to change the narrative of this thing, just the substance, the details of what went on and how we were all lied to over and over again about the cause being a video, and the end result being four dead Americans and not a finger lifted to help them. And then ongoing lies for weeks and months in order to protect the reelection chances of Barack Obama and everybody in his Regime.
To watch the media today after Gowdy and his committee went out there and they all made statements, announced the substance of their report, summary-wise, it was clear that the media is not interested in what’s in the report, which doesn’t surprise me. I’m just telling you. They don’t care what’s in the report. They’re characterizing the report in two ways. They’re saying, A, nothing new, and, B, Hillary had nothing to do with it. The committee does not indict Hillary Clinton. The committee does not lay blame at the feet of Hillary Clinton.
So CNN, TIME Magazine, you name it, they’re all running with the conclusion from this report that Hillary Clinton’s innocent, she had nothing to do with it. And the reason that happened is classic. So after all the Republicans speak and shared with the media their various takes on the content of the report, here comes a Q&A. And the Q&A is all about reestablishing a narrative away from the substance of the report and toward the motivations of the members of the committee, such as, “You keep saying that your report’s about what happened to four people, but isn’t it really about Hillary Clinton?”
Trey Gowdy (paraphrasing), “No, no, no, no. No, no, no, no. I challenge you to read it.” They’re not gonna read it. They don’t care what’s in it. They think they already know. There’s nothing new in it. That’s the second narrative. But they’re not gonna read it. Gowdy says, “Read it, read it. You won’t find one name mentioned. You’ll find four.” And then he says, “Speaker Boehner, Speaker Ryan did not tell me to go out and find out who is ultimately responsible in terms of one name. They asked me to find out why four Americans are dead.”
So the effort was made — and look, I understand it, but it’s an illustration of how this stuff ends up happening the way it does. The Republicans are taking the high road, and they are hell-bent on not being mischaracterized by falling into what they think is a trap of aiming all of this at Hillary Clinton. She’s only the Democrat nominee for president. But even today the effort was made to not focus on her, because, of course, we don’t want to taint the substance and content of our report by making it look like there was any partisanship in it. So we go out of the way to say, “No, no, no, no, it was not about one name. It wasn’t about two names,” meaning it wasn’t about Obama, it wasn’t about Hillary. “It’s about four dead Americans.”
Well, that gives the media a free and clear open road to write that Hillary is off the hook. I
n fact, CNN’s banner headline says, “Panel found no wrongdoing by Clinton.” No wrongdoing by Clinton. She’s up to her knees, her hips in this. No wrongdoing. Now, I understand the committee, because I understand Republicans, and they start out on the defensive, and they believe that the media is going to target them as being partisan. The guys that worked on this, the people that worked on this report are dead serious about it. It’s very substantive. They spent a lot of time on it, taken very seriously, and they should be applauded for that. Don’t anybody misunderstand here.
But the defensiveness is we don’t want our work here to be mischaracterized as nothing more than a political attack. So to prevent that, we’ll go overboard, if necessary, to say it wasn’t about Hillary, it wasn’t about the Democrat presidential nominee, it wasn’t about Obama, when of course it’s about both of them. But they don’t want to admit that because then the report will be nothing more than “Republicans attack Hillary in disguised report on Benghazi, which contains nothing new.” And they don’t want that headline, either.