(CNSNews.com) – Representative Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, rejected President Barack Obama’s dismissal of the congressional investigations of his administration as “phony scandals,” stating that there is “nothing phony about 4 murdered Americans in Benghazi,” and that if Obama thinks there is, he should “look at the autopsy photos.”
On July 22, White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer said that Obama’s congressional critics were trying to “trump up phony scandals.” Two days later, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney referenced “pretend scandals,” and that same day, President Obama gave a speech saying, “With this endless parade of distractions and political posturing and phony scandals, Washington’s taken its eye off the ball. And I’m here to say, this needs to stop. This needs to stop.”
On Fox’s On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren that day, July 24, Gowdy was asked about the “phony scandals,” and said: “There is nothing phony about 4 murdered Americans in Benghazi [Libya], and if he thinks there is, I’d encourage him to look at the autopsy photos. There’s nothing phony about Brian Terry’s murder at the border. There’s nothing phony about IRS targeting people based on ideology.”
Four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, were murdered in a terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. Brian Terry was a Border Patrol agent killed on Dec. 14, 2010 in Arizona, near the Mexican border. Two AK-47-type rifles found at the crime scene were traced back to a gun store involved in the Justice Department’s Fast and Furious gun-walking program.
Gowdy also criticized the administration’s shifting storyline on the IRS-Tea Party scandal, in which Tea Party applications for tax-exempt status were delayed for years and many of the organizations probed with unnecessarily invasive questions.
“Well, there have been six iterations of a defense in the IRS case,” said Gowdy. “But remember, Lois Lerner disclosed this at an ABA conference with a planted question. … Then we went into, it was two rogue agents, and Jay Carney himself repeated that false narrative, and others in the administration have. Then it went to, well, it was some progressive groups that were targeted too ….
“And now the new defense is, well, the president didn’t know about it,” said Gowdy.
Host Van Susteren said she would like to see the president sit down and talk with some of the people directly affected by the Benghazi attack, the IRS scandal, or the failed Fast and Furious operation.
In response, Gowdy said, “If you want to sit down with Brian Terry’s mother and look her in the eyes and say that this scandal is phony, Fast and Furious – or how about the innocent Mexicans who we don’t know their names , but at least 200, who have been killed because of guns we sent into Mexico and call that phony! Or 4 murdered Americans who went because we asked them to represent us in a foreign land, and their world is set on fire and they’re murdered in Libya!”
“You go call that phony!” said Gowdy. “I dare him [Obama] to look Ty Woods’ father in the face and say this is a phony scandal!”