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Mon Oct 21, 2019, 03:54 PM Oct 2019

The CIA confirmed that Trey Gowdy altered documents to frame Hillary Clinton. [View all]

Trey Gowdy was caught in a flat-out lie that he was forced to cop to about Hillary's emails after the CIA directly contradicted him. Watch Elijah Cummings explain why Gowdy is still lying about what the purpose of the Benghazi committee is and what Gowdy's role in it is in the video above.

CIA Debunks Gowdy’s Allegation That Clinton Email Contained Classified CIA Source
Oct 18, 2015 Press Release
Cummings Calls on Gowdy to Apologize to Clinton

WASHINGTON—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, sent a letter to Chairman Trey Gowdy to correct the public record after the CIA debunked Chairman Gowdy’s accusation that Secretary Clinton sent an email containing "some of the most protected information in our intelligence community, the release of which could jeopardize not only national security but human lives.”

The full letter is online here and as follows:


Oct 18, 2015 Press Release


In your letter on October 7, 2015, you stated that Secretary Clinton received an email from Sidney Blumenthal on March 18, 2011, that included the name of someone who purportedly provided information to the CIA. You asserted that this information was classified, arguing that Secretary Clinton “received classified information from Blumenthal—information she should have known was classified at the time she received it.” You then alleged:

Armed with that information, Secretary Clinton forwarded that email to a colleague—debunking her claim that she never sent any classified information from her private email address.

In your letter, you went to great lengths to highlight the gravity of your accusation, stating:

This information, the name of a human source, is some of the most protected information in our intelligence community, the release of which could jeopardize not only national security but human lives.

To further inflate your claim, you placed your own redactions over the name of the individual with the words, “redacted due to sources and methods.” To be clear, these redactions were not made, and these words were not added, by any agency of the federal government responsible for enforcing classification guidelines.

Predictably, commentators began repeating your accusations in even more extreme terms, suggesting in headlines for example that “Clinton Burns CIA Libya Contact.”

Contrary to your claims, the CIA yesterday informed both the Republican and Democratic staffs of the Select Committee that they do not consider the information you highlighted in your letter to be classified. Specifically, the CIA confirmed that “the State Department consulted with the CIA on this production, the CIA reviewed these documents, and the CIA made no redactions to protect classified information.”

Unfortunately, you sent your letter on October 7 without checking first with the CIA. Now that we have done so, we have learned that your accusations were incorrect.

As a result of your actions, the State Department yesterday asked the Select Committee not to reveal the individual’s name publicly, not for classification reasons, but to protect the individual’s privacy and avoid bringing additional undue attention to this person.

Unfortunately, the standard operating procedure of this Select Committee has become to put out information publicly that is inaccurate and out of context in order to attack Secretary Clinton for political reasons. These repeated actions bring discredit on this investigation and undermine the integrity of the Select Committee and the House of Representatives.


Elijah E. Cummings
Ranking Member

Letter Here:

Nothing that was in the email was classified.
Gowdy lied.

[A]ccording to committee correspondence reviewed by Newsweek, the CIA did tell the [Benghazi] panel on Saturday that it had reviewed 127 emails between Clinton and her close friend and outside adviser, Sidney Blumenthal, and none of it was deemed classified. “The CIA reviewed the material in question and informed State that it required no redactions,” the agency informed Susan Sachsman Grooms, staff director and general counsel for the panel’s Democrats, on October 17. [My emphasis]


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article is 4 years old, but NewJeffCT Oct 2019 #1
Yep kpete Oct 2019 #3
Yes, why was no action taken against him? catrose Oct 2019 #28
not sure why he was not disbarred NewJeffCT Oct 2019 #37
As an avid reader Cartaphelius Oct 2019 #43
Word of the day: smarmy dchill Oct 2019 #2
I don't quite understand why Gowdy wasn't arrested. Hong Kong Cavalier Oct 2019 #4
I believe there is an immunity for Congress people for statements on the floor and in committee. Caliman73 Oct 2019 #11
Maybe criminal immunity Sanity Claws Oct 2019 #15
Not sure. I thought he lived in South Carolina. Caliman73 Oct 2019 #18
Can a person be censured though? cstanleytech Oct 2019 #45
I think you have to be actively in Congress to be censured. Caliman73 Oct 2019 #48
Lock him up! oasis Oct 2019 #5
+1000 milestogo Oct 2019 #14
PLUS 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 AZ8theist Oct 2019 #32
Curious gratuitous Oct 2019 #6
Too bloody right they are! The Ministry for Distraction continues on its pointless merry way. Ford_Prefect Oct 2019 #41
No wonder Trump wants Gowdy on his legal team. Midnight Writer Oct 2019 #7
My thought too. . . . nt Bernardo de La Paz Oct 2019 #16
Gowdy will not be a part of the legal team. Haggis for Breakfast Oct 2019 #33
Isn't that you know, illegal?? Blue_Tires Oct 2019 #8
Lawyerup... pbmus Oct 2019 #9
Yet another example of not fooled Oct 2019 #10
+1,000 n/t MarcA Oct 2019 #12
From beyond the grave, Cummings "break"dancing with the Angels SleeplessinSoCal Oct 2019 #13
Indeed, leaving a record beyond his life Hav Oct 2019 #22
Lock him up! That ought to be illegal. NurseJackie Oct 2019 #17
They will sell their mothers for Trump. Its a cult I tell ya SummerSnow Oct 2019 #19
Four years ago? And no accountability? steventh Oct 2019 #20
Please move Trey to upstate position Blue Owl Oct 2019 #21
Are you FAWKING kidding me??? a kennedy Oct 2019 #23
K&R Scurrilous Oct 2019 #24
We knew it at the time. It was a smear campaign to bring down her numbers. Cerridwen Oct 2019 #25
Fuck him all the way to HELL jpak Oct 2019 #26
Color me not surprised. warmfeet Oct 2019 #27
Gowdy is a piece of garbage with a capital G. FM123 Oct 2019 #29
I Wonder If He Faked Evidence When He was A Prosecutor Me. Oct 2019 #30
Hmmm... certainly wouldn't be beyond the realm of possibility. calimary Oct 2019 #38
... Me. Oct 2019 #40
A Republican and a liar, but I repeat myself. Hassler Oct 2019 #31
Hope that doesn't affect his credentials... dchill Oct 2019 #34
Gowdy should be disbarred. moondust Oct 2019 #35
Why, you pointyheaded lying treasonous little radical fascist, you. Mc Mike Oct 2019 #36
And There It Is, Folks: The Reason Why Gowdy Decided to Spend More Time with His Family. The_Counsel Oct 2019 #39
My hope is that further investigation will tie him to Putin's machine. Ford_Prefect Oct 2019 #42
LOCK HIM UP!!! LOCK HIM UP!!! LOCK HIM UP!!! BadGimp Oct 2019 #44
And he hasn't been disbarred malaise Oct 2019 #46
Is that not treasonous? George II Oct 2019 #47
Trey Gowdy, the Inspector Javert of BENGHAZI! (tm). VOX Oct 2019 #49
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