Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Another Witch Hunt


Concerning Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman House Select Committee, that Donna J. Shaver of Laurens mentioned in yesterday’s post.
A former investigator with that committee on Benghazi, Major Bradley Podliska accused the Republican-led panel of carrying out a politically motivated investigation targeting former Secretary of State Clinton instead of the objective fact-finding mission it was set up to pursue.
Podliska is an intelligence officer in the Air Force Reserve who describes himself as a conservative Republican.  He insists, that the committee trained its sights almost exclusively on Clinton after the revelation last March that she used a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
Podliska asserts that chairman Rep. Gowdy turned a broad-based probe of the attack on our consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, into"a partisan investigation."  As chairman of the committee, Rep. Gowdy pulled resources away from probes of other individuals and agencies to focus almost exclusively on Clinton and the State Department she lead for four years.  The committee had already spent $4.6 million.
After nearly 10 months as an investigator for the Republican majority, Podliska was fired.  He’s preparing to file a lawsuit against the select committee, alleging that he lost his job in part because he resisted pressure to focus his investigative efforts solely on the State Department and Clinton's role surrounding the Benghazi attack.  Furthermore he said, that he was fired because he took leave from the committee to fulfill his military service obligations, which would be an unlawful firing.
Nevertheless, Republican Trey Gowdy, who chairs the Benghazi committee rejected Democratic claims he was leading the investigation to a pre-ordained verdict with the intention of damaging Clinton.  Gowdy raised his voice to insist: "This is not a prosecution, I have reached no conclusions."

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