I am not surprised that the president of the United States called this a phony scandal. I'm not surprised Secretary Clinton asked, "What difference does it make?" I'm not even surprised that Jay Carney said Benghazi happened a long time ago. I'm just surprised at how many people bought it.

ā€” Trey Gowdy

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She was fabulously wrong when she said it the first time, and stunningly arrogant in her refusal to express any regret for lying to our fellow citizens.


Congress is supposed to provide oversight, the voters are supposed to provide oversight. And you [the media] were supposed to provide oversight. That's why you have special liberties and that's why you have special protections.


Members of Congress are incredibly blessed and fortune to have the jobs that we have. Nobody makes us run. Every two years we offer for public office, and if you don't want to do it then don't run. But the notion that you can make $174,000 in this country and be underpaid is laughable.


The notion that the First Amendment has no limitations whatsoever is balderdash.


These last few years we've seen an unacceptable abuse of power, having a president whose priority is expanding his own power.


If you can turn off certain categories of law, do you not also have the power to turn off all categories of law?


You know, in the oath that brand-new citizens take, it contains six different references to 'the law.' If it's good enough for us to ask brand-new citizens to affirm their devotion to the law, is it too much to ask that the president do the same?


Iā€™m unelectable in the District of Columbia.


My daughter took Latin for three years; she still cant speak it.


Well, I certainly hope the Democrats participate.

I continue to think that some things transcend politics like the murder of four of our fellow citizens and whether or not you trust government. That is not a red or blue issue. That is an American issue. As for whether or not they boycott, I hope they don't.


I would love the chance to ask follow-up questions of Susan Rice because David Gregory apparently did not avail himself of that opportunity. Greta, I just listened to the clip - I get tougher questions in the Bojangles drive-through than he asked her.


I don't have an issue with whether - from a legal standpoint, with whether or not government can impose the ultimate punishment on people. We do it in capital cases. Police officers shoot fleeing felons.


About Trey Gowdy

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Profession U.S. Representative
Birthday August 22, 1964

Even someone as lowly as an assistant U.

S. attorney has to undergo a background check, and you're asked a series of very invasive questions, and you're expected to tell the truth and they're under penalty of perjury. And you're asked those questions so you can't be blackmailed or extorted.


Your memo is trumping a Congressional statute.

You don't have the discretion on whether to follow the law or not.


There's a reason that students don't grade their own papers.

There's a reason defendants don't sentence themselves. And there's the reason the State Department doesn't get to investigate itself, determine whether or not it made errors in Benghazi. That is Congress's job.


The president already has a Nobel Prize for peace. I think he's shooting for one in fiction.


I can tell you this. It is not going to be evenly constituted and when she was Speaker Pelosi, she certainly showed no interests in having an equal number of Republicans and Democrats.


What do we do with a president who can basically change what Congress passed by attaching a letter saying I don't agree with this part or that part?


The same Constitution that allows her the right, if she wants to, to sit there and say nothing, allows these groups the right to petition their government for redress.


While people are free to draw different conclusions from the facts, there should be no debate over whether the American public is entitled to have all of the facts.


If a president can change some laws, can he change ALL laws? Can he change election laws? Can he change discrimination laws? Are there any laws, under your theory, that he actually HAS to enforce?


No law can give Congress a backbone if it refuses to stand off as the coequal branch the Constitution made it.


What is our recourse, Mr. Speaker? What is our remedy?


You may be less likely to pick on someone if you dont know whats in their briefcase or purse.


I taught the Constitution for ten years, I believe in the Constitution.


I'm going to help the committee regardless of any position I have.

I will volunteer to be a summer intern.


It always matters, whether or not you can trust your government.


It's really beneath the office of a member of Congress to say something that outrageous. The fact that she was once the Speaker is mind-numbing, honestly... mind-numbingly stupid.


When you go into public service, you understand you're trading something.

You want to feel good about what you do, but you're not going to make what people in private sector make.


I don't like bonuses for public services employees who do great jobs, like prosecutors or judges.


Facts are neither Republican nor Democrat.


There's no way we can get to the bottom of Benghazi without David Petraeus.

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