Democrats launched a full assault Monday on the congressional probe into the Benghazi terrorist attack, saying it’s strayed into dangerous political territory as it searches for a reason to exist some two years after it started.
Select Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy ignited the new round of fire after he seemed to reopen questions about the Pentagon’s decision-making in the aftermath of the 2012 assault, based on an anonymous Air Force whistleblower who told talk show host Sen Hannity his team could have responded in time to have saved some of the four Americans who lost their lives.
Mr. Gowdy said last week it was his duty as an investigator to hear any evidence — sparking a feverish pushback from Democrats who said the military’s response has been thoroughly investigated, and the Pentagon has been cleared of wrongdoing by several other panels already.
“Republicans are chasing anonymous callers to radio shows in the hopes of finding something, anything, to justify the tremendous time and cost associated with this fruitless effort,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee.
Democrats on the committee say Mr. Gowdy has stepped up his requests for information from the Pentagon based on thin evidence.