South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy claims his Democratic colleagues will be "shocked" if they choose to read an 800-page report about the 2012 terrorist attacks in Libya released Tuesday by the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
"We mention Sec. [Hillary] Clinton's name less times than the Democrats do despite the fact that our report is twice as long," Gowdy, chairman of the committee, told MSNBC. In a separate report released Monday, Democratic members of the committee described Gowdy as an "overzealous prosecutor desperately trying to land a front-page conviction."
Gowdy dismissed that portrayal on Tuesday morning. "I would ask you and all my fellow citizens, put aside what the Democrats say the report's going to be like — it's actually out."
"Read it for yourself and read all of the new information that we found and what our focus is on," he said. "It is not on one person it is on four people whose political affiliations I have no idea what they are."
Gowdy said Rep. Elijah Cummings, the committee's ranking Democrat, and his colleagues wrongly assumed that Republicans' two-year investigation into the 2012 Benghazi attacks was a "political exercise" aimed at tarnishing Clinton's record as secretary of state.
"This is what I think happened," Gowdy explained. "Mr. Cummings and the other Dems just assumed that Republicans were going to do what they thought we were going to do which was a political exercise.
"[But] they will be shocked when they read the report, if they do bother to read the report," he contended. "Yes, Hillary Clinton was the secretary of state at that time; I can't get around that fact. But the focus of this report is on exactly what the families asked us to focus on and shame on the Democrats for figuring that out two years too late."