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Trey Gowdy tells Republicans skeptical of Benghazi committee to ‘shut up’ about it

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The Republican head of the congressional investigation into the Benghazi attack said on Sunday he is not targeting Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and such talk hurts the inquiry.

Clinton was secretary of state in September 2012 when U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, were attacked, killing four Americans including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Democrats have said the Republican-controlled committee is more interested in damaging Clinton’s reputation than uncovering the truth about that deadly night.

But the committee’s chairman, U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, said on Sunday he is focused on finding out what security failures led to the incident – not on Clinton.

“She is an important witness but she is one witness,” Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

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Clinton is due to testify before the committee on Thursday. The committee questioned her senior aide, Huma Abedin, for six hours in a closed session on Friday.

Democrats have argued that the 17-month-old probe is a political tool to damage Clinton as she seeks her party’s nomination in the November 2016 presidential election.

Representative Kevin McCarthy, the No. 2 House Republican, stoked that view last month when he said the panel’s work may be hurting Clinton’s poll numbers.

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Gowdy advised fellow Republicans who are not involved in the committee’s work to stay quiet.

“I have told my own Republican colleagues and friends ‘Shut up talking about things that you don’t know anything about.’ And unless you are on the committee, you have no idea what we have done, why we’ve done it,” he said on CBS.

Clinton has said she considers the committee to be politically motivated.

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“I think it’s pretty clear that whatever they might have thought they were doing they ended up becoming a partisan arm of the Republican National Committee,” Clinton said in a CNN interview broadcast on Friday.

Representative Elijah Cummings, the leading Democrat on the Benghazi committee, told “Face the Nation” that the 18-month-old had lost its focus: the events that led to the Benghazi deaths.

He said Gowdy has not interviewed the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff or the secretary of defense, but has brought in many witnesses connected to Clinton through the State Department or her campaigns, including aides and speechwriters.

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“We still have been zeroed in on Hillary Clinton. There is absolutely no doubt about that, and it’s very unfortunate,” he said.

(Reporting By Patrick Rucker; Editing by Doina Chiacu and Nick Zieminski)


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GOP strategist delivers devastating analysis of Trump’s ‘Make America White Again’ agenda on CNN

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Republican strategist Tara Setmayer on Tuesday delivered a brutal analysis of President Donald Trump's strategy to win reelection, which she dubbed "Make America White Again."

During a panel discussion on Trump ramping up his racist attacks on four Democratic women of color, Setmayer argued that appealing solely to angry white voters was the only hope he had of winning in 2020.

"It's 'Make America White Again,' according to the president of the United States, because everyone in the country is not welcome," she said. "If you have a deference of opinion, you're not welcome."

She then went on to document all the ways Trump is uniquely unfit to judge who does and does not belong in the United States.

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Trump raked over the coals by WSJ for ‘politically stupid’ racist comments debacle

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In a brutally blunt column from the conservative editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, the editors scolded Donald Trump for being "politically stupid" by wading into a dispute between factions within the Democratic Party that has blown up in his face.

Under a headline reading, "Defining Politics Down," the editorial seemed less concerned with Trump's racist attacks and more with the fact that he has made his racism front and center as the country gears up for the 2020 election.

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Dear NeverTrumpers: Either help or STFU

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Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed that the NeverTrumpers — repentant Republicans and conservatives — have been offering up lots of advice for how the Democrats can win the next election. Their jackhammer advice has basically been limited to urging the party to disavow its activist, progressive members in order to secure the contrarian swing voters who cast ballots for Barack Obama twice, then switched to Donald Trump in 2016.

Before I offer up a come-to-Jesus moment for the NeverTrumpers, let me say that as many of you know, I’ve defended members of this exiled faction in the past, and continue to stand by the idea that we need to form a coalition to close the loopholes exposed by Donald Trump’s malfeasance as a means of preventing another, perhaps more dangerous monster from sashaying through the Trump-shaped hole in the wall. To be clear: I’m not talking about conceding on policy or platform planks. I’m merely suggesting a detente between voices who all agree that Trump is a menace and his presidency is an existential national crisis.

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