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Cummings Calls Gowdy a Liar…Gowdy Turns the Table on Him

original article: Cummings Calls Gowdy a Liar…Gowdy Turns the Table on Him
October 18, 2015 by The PC Graveyard

Elijah Cummings, one of the criminals from the IRS scandal has accused Trey Gowdy of lying and demanded he apologize to Hillary.  Cummings called Gowdy a liar because of a comment he made about Hillary endangering national security and lives with her handling of her emails.  This we know to be true.  Funny thing is that Cummings was able to get an answer from the CIA in 45 minutes on a weekend, while republicans are still waiting for information they requested over six months ago.

The CIA information is suspect also.  They said that naming their secret asset in Libya was not classified.  You don’t need to be a super spy to know that naming an asset that’s in the middle of terrorists is not a good thing and is never done.  Gowdy made mention of the response Cummings got.  Here is the letter Cummings wrote:

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, 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.

On Sunday, Gowdy answered in a missive of his own:

Contrary to your assertion, the CIA did not inform the Committee that anything about the facts stated in the October 7 letter “[was] wrong.”  As usual, I would ask you to completely and accurately relate the facts rather than attempt to create an impression that is misleading based on an incomplete and selective recitation of the facts.  In fact, my understanding is the CIA advised the Committee in a very brief email late Saturday night that it had reviewed the material in question and asked for no material to be redacted…

As such, we will continue to redact certain information to protect sensitive information regardless of how others treat that information.  Whether Secretary Clinton received protected information from Sidney Blumenthal or simply recklessly wrong information from Sidney Blumenthal is relevant at some level.  What is most important is to protect information that can endanger others.  As you will recall we had this same conversation when we received a letter from you we found troubling as it relates to the naming of certain assets.  We did the responsible thing which was come to you, alert you to the issue, and allow for that information to be withdrawn and or otherwise not made public…

So, our position is consistent.  Sources and methods of intelligence are among the most closely guarded information our government has.  We will continue to redact that information and treat it with the highest level of confidentiality and sensitivity, and we would advise you to do the same…

PS:  I am envious of your staff’s ability to get information from this administration in less than 45 minutes on a weekend.  This is something the majority Members struggle to do on weekdays.  Perhaps you would be willing to help us gain access to the information the Committee has been seeking from the administration for over half a year now.

Someone is lying.  I’m betting the rent money on Cummings.

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4 Responses

  1. If the committee has devolved into pointing fingers at each other instead of “investigating”, isn’t that evidence it’s time to disband it and stop wasting our money going down rabbit holes? Maybe there’s something to find, but these guys can’t do it.

    • uncommonsense says:

      I’m not sure why a measly $5 mil is supposed to be a problem (considering, for example, Obama spends millions playing golf in a week, and plays golf frequently, and has been for years). But after 7 investigations who couldn’t be bothered to look into basic materials (such as Ambassador Stevens’ emails and Clinton’s communications, etc.) and the stonewalling (Gowdy mentioned the committee just recently received communications materials requested 3 years ago) there’s clearly some shenanigans going on.

      But with Gowdy finally getting such materials and interviewing witnesses previous investigations wouldn’t bother with, perhaps now the truth can be uncovered.

  2. It’s not just the $5 million. Time is money too. You said it yourself – SEVEN attempts! What could they have been doing instead? Passing laws maybe? It’s a clear symbol of dysfunctional government.

    • uncommonsense says:

      Agreed. Dysfunctional, and corrupt – points I would use to argue our government is too big.

      But the truth is there somewhere, and I think it matters enough to find it.

      And you raise another good question: whether these people are capable of finding it is a different matter. I have more confidence in Gowdy than I have in Cummings.

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