Pelosi Defends Clinton, Does Not Yet Endorse

Prlosi defended Clinton from GOP attacks Thursday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday defended Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton from attacks on her record from Republicans, but stopped short of an endorsement.  

"Not right here now in this room, no," said the California Democrat when asked if she was endorsing the former secretary of State for the White House.  

Staffer Lawsuit Hits Benghazi Committee, Gowdy

Gowdy and the Benghazi Committee have been hit with a lawsuit alleging mistreatment by a fired staffer. (Tom WIlliams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:30 p.m. | Former staffer Bradley F. Podliska filed a lawsuit on Monday against the House Select Committee on Benghazi for unlawful termination and against its chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., for defamation.  

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, argues that Podliska was unlawfully fired by the committee in June 2015 following months of hostility against him because he took leave from his job to fulfill his obligations as an intelligence officer in the Air Force Reserve. It asks that Podliska be reinstated “into a position at the level of seniority, status, and pay that he would have enjoyed had the Benghazi Committee neither discriminated nor retaliated against him” and that he be compensated for lost pay and benefits in addition to damages. Podliska is requesting a jury trial to examine his claims of unlawful termination and defamation. The lawsuit claims the committee violated his rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, which prohibits discrimination against someone based on their military service, and the Congressional Accountability Act.  

Clinton Evades GOP Blows in Benghazi Hearing (Video)

Republicans tried to paint Clinton as either out of the loop about Benghazi or unresponsive to calls to add security at U.S. facilities. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)


Updated 6:19 p.m. | Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton appears headed back to the campaign trail politically unscathed, after being peppered for hours by Republicans with questions about the deadly Benghazi attacks.  

Clinton Ready for Showdown on Benghazi (Video)

Clinton testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Benghazi attacks in January 2013. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Eighteen months after outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner charged him with holding the Obama administration’s feet to the fire about the attacks in September 2012 that claimed the lives of four Americans in Libya, Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy finally gets to grill former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton about the diplomatic catastrophe.

The conservative firebrand and the former first lady cross paths at career-defining times for both.

Senate Democrats Demand RNC Pay for Benghazi Probe

Clinton testified during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Benghazi attacks on Jan. 23, 2013. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Democrats want the Republican National Committee to pick up the tab for the House investigation into the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.  

"We write today to demand that the Republican National Committee reimburse the federal taxpayer for the costs incurred by the Select Committee on Benghazi. Over the past several weeks, several House Republicans have made clear what many observers have suspected all along: that the Select Committee has conducted a political inquisition aimed at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton," the four top Senate Democrats wrote.  

Gowdy: Republicans Not on Benghazi Panel Should 'Shut Up'

Gowdy and Cummings both appeared on CBS. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If you're not on the Benghazi panel, Chairman Trey Gowdy said Sunday, shut up — and that includes fellow Republicans.  

In an appearance on CBS's "Face the Nation," the South Carolina Republican and former federal prosecutor brushed aside assertions that the panel charged with investigating the 2012 terror attack has lost credibility in the wake of a string of embarrassing comments — from a gaffe on the part of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to speculation by New York Republican Richard Hanna  to the explosive allegations from a former GOP Benghazi staffer. "There are three people who don't have any idea what they're talking about," Gowdy said. "Two of my colleagues, the two Republican members of the conference, have never asked for an update on our committee, they couldn't name three witnesses we've talked to, they couldn't tell you a single document production that we have received and the former staffer left in June, so he has no idea what we've done since June.  

Survey Shows Skepticism of Benghazi Committee Motives

Clinton will testify on Oct. 22 to a panel that 30 percent of poll respondents think is politically motivated. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Roughly half of Republicans think Congress is seriously interested in finding out the truth about the Benghazi attacks, according to a recent Economist Group/YouGov Poll.  

Only 49 percent of GOP respondents agreed that the 17-month investigation into events surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 assault on the U.S. diplomatic consulate in Libya represents a "mostly serious attempt to find out what really happened."  

Amid GOP Criticism, Gowdy Defends Benghazi Investigation

Gowdy again defended the Benghazi Committee. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy is on the offensive after a series of inartful comments from Republicans has produced a rocky lead-up to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's testimony before his special select committee next week.  

After adopting a "tune it out " media strategy in response to recent questions on the true intent of the Benghazi investigation, Gowdy pivoted Thursday to directly respond to offhand accusations from Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., that Republicans are out to get Clinton. “There are seven members of the Benghazi Committee who are intimately familiar with the work of the committee, the motives behind the work, and the results of that work," Gowdy said. "Congressman Hanna is not one of them."  

Republican: Going After Clinton Was 'Big Part' of Benghazi Probe

Hanna adds fuel to the Benghazi Committee fire. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Richard Hanna, a moderate, pro-abortion rights Republican from New York, is already something of an outlier in the House Republican Conference.  

He might have just gotten himself a little bit more estranged. On Wednesday evening, Hanna told a local radio station Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was telling the truth when he suggested during a Fox News interview the special committee on Benghazi should be credited with sinking 2016 Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton's poll numbers.