WMAL INTERVIEW — CHAIRMAN TREY GOWDY (R-SC) – Select Committee on Benghazi
New Benghazi Witness Says U.S. Military Could Have Saved Lives That Day. A member of the U.S. Air Force, who was stationed in Italy during the 2012 Benghazi attacks, insisted Wednesday that the U.S. could have done more to help the four Americans who died that night. “I definitely believe that our aircraft could have taken off and got there in a timely manner, maybe three hours at the most, in order to…at least stop that second mortar attack and have those guys running for the hills, and basically save lives that day,” the man, who chose not to reveal his identity, said on Fox News’ “Special Report.” he man also shot down the military’s claim that a refueling tanker was not available at the time, claiming the excuse was invalid because U.S. jets frequently refuel using a “hot pit maneuver,” allowing jets to touch down to get fuel without turning their engines off.
Chairman Gowdy Responds to Public Allegations Made by Military Personnel Regarding the Benghazi Attacks
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2016
Washington, D.C. — Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after two servicemembers made public allegations regarding the military’s response to the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya:
“The Select Committee is conducting a thorough, fact-centered investigation into what happened before, during, and after Benghazi, which means talking to the service members on the ground with firsthand knowledge is just as important as talking to the generals and admirals who command them. It is unfortunate some Obama administration political appointees think otherwise and have stonewalled our requests for certain witnesses.
“As a former federal prosecutor, I find it deeply troubling there are individuals who would like to share their stories, but have not because they are afraid of retaliation from their superiors. No one should be afraid of talking to their elected representatives in Congress.
“The committee has not interviewed these individuals and therefore cannot vouch for the credibility of their allegations. I can promise these witnesses and others, if they talk to our committee they will be treated fairly, and both Republican and Democrat members will have questions for them. Nearly 100 people have testified before the committee, and not one witness has said they were treated otherwise.
“Democrats may be content to stick to their preordained conclusions, but the committee has an obligation to determine what can and cannot be substantiated when it comes to the new witnesses we have interviewed and the new evidence we have gathered.”