Over the past two days I have interviewed 11 members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Florida’s John Mica, Ohio’s Michael Turner, Ohio’s Jim Jordan, Oklahoma’s James Lankford, Arizona’s Paul Gosar, Pennsylvania’s Pat Meehan, Tennessee’s Scott DesJairlas, South Carolina’s Trey Gowdy, Texas’ Blake Farenthold, Wyoming’s Cynthia Lummis, and Florida’s Ron DeSantis. DeSantis joked that my focus over two days had made me “special counsel to the Committee.” Funny, but also illustrative of the slipshod way MSM with a few exceptions have covered the murder of four Americans aborad on 9/11, including an ambassador, and the subsequent cover up. The story has been in plain sight for months but very few people –Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard and his Fox News colleague Bret Baier, Jake Tapper of CNN, Sharyl Attkinson of CBS among the MSM exceptions– have dug into the squalid picture. Michelle Malkin, Byron York and the gang at Powerline have kept digging, as has Townhall’s Guy Benson and the gang at HotAir.
Never have so many “journalists” been so blase about terrorism, the murder of Americans, the heroism of SEALs and a cover-up at the highest levels of Washington, D.C. including the sitting president and a possible future president. That may change today.
All 11 of my guests say they have prepared, and that they are all intent on letting the witnesses testify, answering specific, focused questions, and to avoid grandstanding. Trey Gowdy, one of the former prosecutors on the panel, has been reviewing with his colleagues on how to cooperate to the common end of getting at the truth, and Chairman Issa and Jason Chaffetz have worked overtime to not blow this opportunity to begin to get to the real story of Benghazi. Here’s how Gowdy summed up what to expect tomorrow:
My fear over the weekend was that a lot of the information that I thought would be most interesting tomorrow has already been released. So I went to staff, and I went to others, and said with any jury trial, you have to save something back. You have to be interesting on the day of the trial. And I have been assured, in fact, I know, because I’ve seen it myself, there’s going to be new, provocative, instructive, dare not use the word explosive, but there’s going to be information that comes out tomorrow that whether people have been so desensitized to government lying to them that they don’t care anymore, I cannot speak to that. But if you’re interested in Benghazi, there is going to be enough new material tomorrow to make you absolutely livid that it’s taken eight months for us to get to this point.