Did the Benghazi Committee Learn Anything New from Petraeus? Gowdy Explains
Democrats are accusing Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) of carrying out a "political charade" by continuing to hold hearings on the 2012 Benghazi attack.
On Wednesday, former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus testified behind closed doors before the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said after the hearing that the committee heard nothing new and that the testimony was consistent with the conclusions of "eight separate investigations."
Schiff echoed what other top Democrats have said, accusing Gowdy of continuing the hearings as a way to damage the presidential campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Gowdy joined Bill Hemmer this morning, saying Schiff "had to" say what he said about the hearing. He noted that Schiff was on the House Intelligence Committee that already issued a report on Benghazi.
"Anything new that we find necessarily impeaches and undercuts his own work from two years ago," said Gowdy.
Gowdy said the hearing was "constructive enough" that Petraeus will be coming back.
He said the committee learned from Petraeus "with a degree of specificity" the differences between the security at the CIA annex, compared to security at the State Department compound where Amb. Stevens died.
Furthermore, Gowdy said Petraeus "helped him the most" on the question of the location of U.S. assets that could have helped stop the attack.
"If we did not have assets in the region. And this is a really important question: why did we not have assets in the region on the anniversary of 9/11?"
Hemmer asked when the Benghazi committee will wrap up the hearings and issue its findings on what happened on Sept. 11, 2012.
Gowdy said he's still awaiting key documents - which no other investigations have looked at previously - from the White House, State Department and CIA.
"I'm gonna be criticized no matter what I do. So why don't I just wait and get the documents that that we're entitled to? We're getting close. We have about a dozen more witness interviews," said Gowdy.
Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is scheduled to testify on Friday.
Watch the America's Newsroom interview above.