RUSH: Now Trey Gowdy, these questions, this little sound bite, it was actually one sound bite of about three and a half minutes. I didn’t want to play it front to back solid three, although it’s powerful that way, but actually Trey Gowdy asked these questions last October. The exact date was October 30th on Capitol Hill during a press conference on Benghazi. This is long before anybody knew there was gonna be a select committee, and thus long before Trey Gowdy knew or anybody else knew that Trey Gowdy was gonna be the chairman of the select committee. And it’s kind of hard to believe that this recitation of questions he asks took until last week to get noticed. But it did.
So we’ve taken the full sound bite, which was three and a half minutes, and we have converted it here into five sound bites. I told Cookie and Cookie Jr. to just give me the questions, take the extraneous stuff out of it, so bam, bam, bam, question, question, question. So that’s what has happened. So I can’t play these back-to-back because it’s not gonna sound continuous that way, the way we’ve cut it up. So here is the first of five bites. He’s got a bunch of House Republicans standing behind him at the press conference, and the audience is the media. They clearly weren’t interested. They had to show up because they had to show up.
But he knew that in the audience were several media members.
GOWDY: Can you tell me why Chris Stevens was in Benghazi the night that he was killed? Do you know? Does it bother you whether or not you know why Chris Stevens was in Benghazi? Do you know why we were the last flag flying in Benghazi after the British had left and the Red Cross had been bombed?
RUSH: I mean, really shamed ’em. And if you listen the whole bite, three and a half minutes, nobody tries to answer a single question. Now, I don’t know if he intended for anybody to blurt out answers or if he was asking these questions rhetorically. But he means them. I mean, here’s a guy who has been, up to this point, trying, from his position on an oversight committee that he’s on, desperately trying to get people to pay attention. And it finally dawned on him that because the media hasn’t reported this, nobody even knows the basics.
So he thought he would just ask the media, “Do you even know, can you tell me why Chris Stevens was even in Benghazi the night he died? Do you know?” They don’t, is the bottom line, especially last October. Nobody can answer these. “Does it bother you whether or not you know why Chris Stevens was in Benghazi? Do you know why we were the last flag flying in Benghazi?” Meaning every other embassy had torn down and made tracks out of there. Why were we the last country with an official presence in Benghazi with our consulate? The British had left, the Red Cross had been bombed. Here’s the next series.
GOWDY: Do you know why requests for additional security were denied? Do you know why an ambassador asking for more security days and weeks before he was murdered and those requests went unheeded? Do you know the answer to why those requests went unheeded?
RUSH: I’m sure the media listening to this had no idea, and I’m sure the information contained in the questions stymied them. “What do you mean, additional requests for security?” I’m sure they feverishly wondered, “Additional requests for security, who wanted more security?” “Do you know why the ambassador asked for more security days and weeks before he was murdered?” And, of course, yeah, the stock and trade answer is, “What are you asking these questions for? Everything’s been answered here. You heard Mrs. Clinton, what difference does it make now?” This is Clinton’s answer to this, what does all this matter now, what difference it make now, how it all happened and why? “What difference does it make now?” she said. Here’s the next series.
GOWDY: Do you know why no assets were deployed during the siege? And I’ve heard the explanation, which defies logic, frankly, that we couldn’t have gotten there in time. But you know they didn’t know when it was gonna end. So how can you possibly cite that as an excuse? Do you know whether the president called any of our allies and said, “Can you help? We have men under attack.” Can you answer that?
RUSH: Now, Gowdy has all these answers, by the way. He knows the answer to every question he’s asking. What he did here was turn the tables. This is a press conference. This is a Republican press conference. They’re supposed to make a statement, blah, blah, blah, and then open it up for questions. When he got to the mic he decided to ask them questions, basically, “What do you people know? Do you know anything about this? And if you don’t, do you even care?” Here’s the next one.
GOWDY: Do any of you know why Susan Rice was picked? The secretary of state did not go. She says she doesn’t like Sunday talk shows. That’s the only media venue she does not like, if that’s true. Why was Susan Rice on the five Sunday talks shows? Do you know the origin of this mythology that it was spawned as a spontaneous reaction to a video? Do you know where that started? Do you know how we got from no evidence of that to that being the official position of the administration?
RUSH: Now, that one, they ought to know the answer to that because they were in on it. The origin of the video, let me explain the origin of the video. And for this we have to go to Cairo. Cairo, Egypt. Benghazi, Libya. We have to go to Cairo, where, in the afternoon of September the 11th, i.e., the anniversary of 9/11, out of the blue the State Department in Cairo issues an apology statement for a video that might cause people to get mad and protest. And the State Department’s apology statement in advance, it was said by the Regime, was to calm them down and prevent them from protesting. Typical appeasement, is the strategery here.
But that, of course, was not the real reason. The real reason is that we had intel that there were going to be protests and organized terrorist activity. This goes back to some of his earlier questions. We had intel. And the original Regime explanation was that some third-rate invisible employee in the Cairo embassy mistakenly released this apology. Because, folks, it went out before anything had happened. The specific reason, and it was timed perfectly, it was not rogue. It was not a mistake. It was done on purpose to establish the video as the cause for everything that would happen later that day in both Cairo and Benghazi, because the release of this apology statement ticked some people off and protests began. And the Regime then said that those protests inspired whatever happened in Benghazi, over in Libya, that ended up taking the lives of four Americans.
So his earlier question, “Do you know where the idea for this video originated? Do you know who it was that came up with that? Do you have any idea who found that video and decided to use that?” The answer to that is Mrs. Clinton, folks. And I’ll never forget, we were sitting here, the program was occurring when that apology was issued from the State Department in Cairo, or maybe it happened in the morning before the program started. Talk about mad, I was sitting here fit to be tied. I said, “What in the name of Sam Hill is this? Nothing’s happened. Why are we apologizing? What in the world has happened here?” I mean, here we were apologizing before anything had happened. I said, “My God, what is this self-consciousness that we have?”
Nobody knew at the time that it was part of the strategy to create the video as the blame for everything that would happen in the Middle East on that day and night. That’s why that apology statement went out. (interruption) Yeah, but it didn’t take long to learn that people involved knew that it was much more than a video, that it wasn’t protests. It was terrorist activity and all that, and even so, after learning that, they still sent Susan Rice out on the five Sunday shows to lie and still focus on the video. They thought they could pull it off because of that original apology statement released by State Department Cairo before anything has happened.
I remember my take on that when it happened. I pointed out, I said, “Look, they’re already apologizing. The Regime is already assuming responsibility if there are protests at our embassy in Cairo today. They already have a statement ready to go accepting responsibility and apologizing for it.” I said, “What a bunch of gutless wonders.” Little did anybody know at the time that, again, it was a strategy to set up the video, which is a total lie, as the reason for everything else that happened. The intel was clear that there was gonna be protests, and we had intel on terror action in Benghazi. So here’s the final conclusion from Trey Gowdy. And again this is from last October.
GOWDY: In conclusion, Congress is supposed to provide oversight, the voters are supposed to provide oversight, and you were supposed to provide oversight. That’s why you have special liberties, and that’s why you have special protections. I am not surprised that the president of the United States called this a phony scandal. I’m not surprised that Secretary Clinton asked, “What difference does it make?” I’m not even surprised that Jay Carney said Benghazi happened a long time ago. I’m just surprised at how many people bought it.
RUSH: Join the club, congressman. Just surprised how many people bought it. Yeah, and don’t forget they sent this guy — who was this pajama-clad guy that was wearing clothes, what was his name? Tommy Vietor (imitating Vietor), “Come on, dude, it was two years ago, dude, come on, it was two years.” You know where they got Tommy Vietor? He was a driver. He was a driver during the campaign. A driver that they moved up and — yeah, he’s married to somebody that’s — anyway, I gotta take a break. Gotta take a break. Sit tight, my friends. We’re coming right back. Do not go away.
RUSH: Vietor drove a van in the Obama campaign, and he ends up in the Situation Room on the night Benghazi’s taking place with Obama nowhere to be found. He started out just driving a van for the campaign, Tommy Vietor, and he’s married to Michelle Obama’s press flack.
Now, some might say, “Well, Mr. Limbaugh, why you are complaining about that? That’s no different than somebody starting in the mail room at General Motors and ending up being the CEO.” Yeah, well that generally takes years of accumulating experience, not a couple. Vietor’s in there because of total loyalty, which, believe me, when you’re running scam after scam after scam, you need people loyal to you. You cannot have any whistleblowers in there. Just can’t. You think Obama’s mad at what’s happened the VA, wait if they ever find out there’s whistleblower’s in there.