Courage always comes under fire. And the U.S. House of Representative’s probe into the Benghazi fiasco will be no different.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who has been tapped to be the chairman of the select committee investigating Benghazi, has now received email death threats for his dogged determination to get to the bottom of what led to the death of four Americans at the U.S. Consulate on Sept. 11, 2012.
Rep. Gowdy was selected to lead this latest phase in the Benghazi investigation on May 2 by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH). Since that time, the congressman from South Carolina has defiantly been stating his far-reaching objectives for the inquiry. Just this past Monday night during an interview with FOX News’ On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, he demanded, “I want to see every single solitary relevant material document. In fact I want to see everything for which there can be any argument it is relevant and then we can judge whether it is material.”
“We need a list of the witnesses that have been talked to and which ones are left to be talked to. We need a list of the documents,” Gowdy also emphatically explained to Van Susteren, “And by the way, I’m not interested in redacted documents or an over classification. I want the documents. So I want all of the evidence. And then people can draw different conclusions from those facts in evidence. But you can’t draw conclusions if you don’t have all the facts. And what this committee is going to do is, once and for all, lay out all the facts and then your jury can draw whatever inferences and conclusions they want to.”
Apparently, Rep. Gowdy’s strong statements and unrelenting resolve aren’t sitting well with everyone. The Politico.com was the first to report:
The U.S. Capitol Police are investigating threatening emails against Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican recently tapped to lead a special panel probing the Benghazi terrorist attacks.
The investigation comes after POLITICO reporters and journalists at other outlets received two emails on Tuesday warning that Gowdy would be harmed because of his role in investigating the 2012 attacks.
Capitol Police officer Shennell Antrobus confirmed that “an active, open investigation” is currently being conducted, but avoided making any further comments on the situation.
Since the failed assassination attempt of former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) in 2011, the Capitol Police have given special attention to all death threats, no matter how improbable they may seem.
However, for those who know Rep. Gowdy, he is not type to be easily intimidated by death threats — even when he’s looking down the barrel of gun. In 2012, a Georgia woman named Gloria Yvonne Brackett was arrested for pointing a pistol at Gowdy while he was sitting in his car in Spartanburg, S.C. Yet, he’s been just as tenacious as ever. Whether it’s blasting the “mind-numbingly stupid” former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, taking the President to the mat for his brazen violations of the law, or demanding answers on Benghazi, Rep. Gowdy has clearly demonstrated that he is a man of principle who will not back down under pressure. So, a few email threats are certainly not going to dissuade him from proceeding with the Benghazi investigation. Speaker Boehner has obviously chosen the right the man for the job.
With Gowdy’s prosecutorial zeal, maybe we might actually get some real answers to our questions. After 20 months of stonewalling by the White House, it’s about time.
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