Jordan: The Benghazi Committee ‘Has Always Been About Getting to the Truth’
WALLACE: “Finally, Congressman, you are a member of the House Benghazi Committee. And, of course, Hillary Clinton is going to testify before that committee on October 22nd. She’s already attacking your committee, taking advantage of Kevin McCarthy’s remarks to indicate this is all about politics and trying to take down her poll numbers. Here she is.”
CLINTON: “This was set up to be a political partisan attack on me. It’s really sad to me that, whether it’s women’s health, or in this case, the death of four Americans serving our country, that the Republicans in Congress try to partisanize and exploit these events.”
WALLACE: “Congressman, a couple of questions. First of all, how do you respond to Clinton? And how do you respond to in charges of a former staff member of your committee, an Army reserve major who says that he quit the committee, because it had turned into a partisan attack on Hillary Clinton?”
JORDAN: “This committee has always been about getting to the truth. The American taxpayers, the American people deserve the truth, and the families of the four individuals who gave their life for the country that night, Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods. Those families want to know the truth. That’s what we’re focused on. And I would say this, since the whole e-mail story broke back in March, we have interviewed 33 witnesses, only one of those witnesses dealt specifically with the e-mail issue. That was the shortest interview of all, because that witness took the Fifth, Bryan Pagliano. So, we have been focused on our mission the entire time, 50,000 new documents we have received that none of the other committees got who looked into this issue — 41 eyewitnesses we have interviewed that none of the other committees interviewed. It’s always been about the truth. Chairman Gowdy has always focused on that. And that’s what we’re going to continue to do.”
WALLACE: “And in 30 seconds, Congressman, what about — I said Army — Air Force reserve major, who says he was fired from the committee because it had turned into — and he objected to the fact it had turned into a partisan attack?”
JORDAN: “That’s the point I’m making. When you interview 33 people since the whole e-mail scandal broke about Secretary Clinton and 32 of those have been about Benghazi, the only one about the e-mail scandal was the guy who took the Fifth Amendment and wouldn’t answer any questions, I think that shows we were focused on what the committee’s assignment was, what the objective was, and that is to simply get to the truth.
WALLACE: “Congressman Jordan, thank you. Thanks for talking with us.”