Timing is everything. On the same day that Trey Gowdy, chairman of the Republican-led House Special Committee on Benghazi, sobbed to Politico that it really hurts when people say his committee’s investigation is politically motivated:
I would say in some ways these have been among the worst weeks of my life. Attacks on your character, attacks on your motives, are 1,000-times worse than anything you can do to anybody physically — at least it is for me.
… Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking member on the committee, blasted Gowdy for his claim on October 7 that Hillary Clinton passed along classified information via email, with Gowdy calling it, “some of the most protected information in our intelligence community, the release of which could jeopardize not only national security but human lives.” Said Cummings:
The problem with your accusation—as with so many others during this investigation—is that you failed to check
facts before you made it, and the CIA has now informed the Select Committee that you were wrong. […]
Contrary to your claims, 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.
That’s because Gowdy made those redactions, as he admitted when responding to Cummings’ letter, where he acknowledged that the CIA did send an email saying that (it was a “very brief” one!), but:
… we remain concerned with the naming of sources and methods and will continue to protect that information now and going forward where it is readily apparent to us. As such, we will continue to redact certain information to protect sensitive information regardless of how others treat that information.
Or to put it another way, Gowdy will continue with his “investigation,” and play the victim whenever it’s pointed out—again and again and again—that it’s nothing more than a politically motivated, taxpayer funded witch-hunt.