A congressional staffer who famously alleged that an investigation into Hillary Clinton was being improperly conducted has quietly withdrawn his claim.
"We look forward to the truth coming out in a court of law," an attorney for Bradley Podliska told Politico on Thursday. He declined to comment further.
Podliska, an Air Force Reserve major, worked for the House Select Committee on Benghazi briefly before he was fired last year for alleged violations of office protocols.
Following his termination, Podliska said the committee had directed him to focus his investigative work on Clinton's behavior during the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, a focus that he said was inappropriate.
"It was clear to the plaintiff that he was being singled out ... because he was unwilling to go along with the hyper-focus on the State Department and Secretary Clinton," attorneys for Podliska wrote in their initial November filing.
But in an amended filing late last month, attorneys removed any references to Clinton. He is now left with the claim that he was fired for taking leave for several weeks to fulfill military obligations, an allegation that the committee also denies.
Some experts have observed that the amended argument could be a legal strategy to strengthen his case. A constitutional provision known as the "speech and debate clause" provides legal immunity for those who participate in committee deliberations, which could provide a judge reason to toss Podliska's suit.
"He couldn't possibly prove that allegation without breaching speech and debate because decisions on what to investigate and what not to investigate are core legislative decisions," former Hill counsel Stan Brand told Politico. "The privilege is absolute; there is no way he can get around that."
Though the amended filing has been available for several weeks, it went unreported until observers noticed this week. That comes as a stark reversal from the beginning of the saga, when CNN and The New York Times provided exclusives with Podliska and even clashed with Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., over the appropriateness of the coverage.