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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Republican Whistleblower Was Fired For Refusing to Target Clinton Benghazi Investigation

Republican Benghazi woes mount as it is reported that Republicans fired their own investigator in part because he refused to target Clinton …
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Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, issued the following statement in response to a New York Times report that a Republican investigator was fired in part because he would not go along with Republican plans to target Secretary Clinton:
These are extremely serious whistleblower charges by one of Chairman Gowdy’s own handpicked investigators who reports that he was fired in part for not going along with the Republican leadership’s plan to use the Select Committee to target Hillary Clinton, and they show – from the inside – that Kevin McCarthy’s stark admission was true: Republicans have been abusing millions of taxpayer dollars for the illegitimate purpose of damaging Hillary Clinton’s bid for president.
The New York Times reports that,
A former investigator for the Republicans on the House Select Committee on Benghazi plans to file a complaint in federal court next month alleging that he was fired unlawfully in part because his superiors opposed his efforts to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic mission in the Libyan city rather than focus primarily on the role of the State Department and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The investigator in question, Bradley F. Podliska, is a major in the Air Force Reserve, and he claims in part that his firing was due to the refusal of Repulbicans to take his reserve commitment seriously when he was sent to Germany for 39 days.
He began working for the Benghazi committee in September 2014. He is no slouch. The Times details that he is “a lifelong Republican, holds a doctorate in political science from Texas A&M University.” According to the committee, he was “terminated for cause…in part, because he himself manifested improper partiality and animus in his investigative work.”
Of course we can expect Republicans to do their utmost to discredit Podliska. Their investigation is crumbling around them following the admission by Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) that the entire purpose of the investigation was to discredit Hillary Clinton in an effort to block her way to the presidency.
Of course, this only adds to Republican woes:
Dr. Joseph Kaye @jhkayejr
@HouseBenghazi Will u be refunding the taxpayers for this political campaign? Or just illegally firing more active-duty #veterans? #Podliska
The only press Republicans are getting lately is bad press. As Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert tweeted,
Eric Boehlert @EricBoehlert
we're past the point of GOP jaw-dropping, but military reservist on Benghazi com't frozen out/fired after.....reporting for military service
Colonel Morris Davis, Guantanamo chief prosecutor from 2005-07, tweeted what has to be the last word in this new development: “So McCarthy’s mistake was telling the truth.”

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