That is 100% true of Issa's investigation of Benghazi, not Gowdy's.
Posted by JeffJ at 2018-02-02 07:51 PM | Reply
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) will be headlining a fundraising event for the Virginia Republican Party apparently centered on the topic of the Benghazi, which would contradict his repeated pledges not to raise money off of the 2012 attacks. Will the media outlets he deceived take note of his reversal?
The conservative National Review reports that Gowdy, the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, is scheduled to headline an event called "Beyond Benghazi" or the Republican Party of Virginia. According to the report, the event will feature "a screening and an interview of Gowdy, moderated by Rep. Morgan Griffith." The party is charging $75 for the event, and is also soliciting donations from $1,250 to $5000 in exchange for "special recognition" and other perks.
The appearance "could raise questions about the optics of fundraising off the attacks" given Gowdy's past statements, as Politico noted.
In appearances last May on MSNBC, CNN, and Fox, Gowdy - who had just been named chairman of the select committee at a time when Republicans were being criticized for using Benghazi investigations to raise money - said he would not be involved with fundraising rooted in the attacks.
But that hasn't always been the case. Last September, Gowdy attended a "barbecue fundraiser" for Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) in Indian Land, SC and according to local newspaper the Lancaster News, Gowdy talked Benghazi with attendees:
Two weeks later, Gowdy spoke at a campaign event for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) where he, according to the Greenville News, praised Graham on Benghazi (accessed via LexisNexis):
Friday morning at Furman, Gowdy shared the credit on the Benghazi issue with Graham, telling students, "There is no one in Congress who has done more on the issue of Benghazi than your senior senator."
Gowdy also said [Rep. Jason] Chaffetz [R-UT] has done more than anyone else in the House to hold Obama accountable on Benghazi. Gowdy and Chaffetz attended a private fundraiser for Chaffetz at a Greenville home Thursday night.