• Cloakroom Confidential: Sick Gowdy Struggled Through Benghazi Hearing

    Capitol Hill conservatives hoping for a knockout punch to Hillary Clinton’s not-my-fault Benghazi narrative were disappointed after her Oct. 22 testimony to the House Select Committee on Benghazi held in the Longworth House Office Building across the street from the Capitol.

    Insiders are pointed the finger at committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R.-S.C.) battle with flu-lie symptoms as a major factor responsible for the lackluster performance by committee Republicans.

    “Doesn’t he have people?” one female reporter asked another standing next to her at Gowdy’s post-hearing press conference. The two women went on to discuss Gowdy’s face covered with sweat, glistening under the  hot TV lights because no one on his staff thought to put some makeup on the former federal prosecutor.

    The sweat was just part of the problem. Gowdy had laryngitis the day before the hearing and had not shaken his illness. Throughout the hearing that lasted more than 10 hours, Gowdy sank back in his chair and seemed to be thinking about something else. Into the eighth hour, Democrats began complaining that the chairman’s light gavel allowed Republicans to exceed their 10-minute allotment for questions to Clinton, which may have been because he was not paying attention to the clock.


    Cloakroom Confidential

    Cloakroom Confidential was a longtime Capitol Hill staffer and insider who has contacts in the House and Senate at the highest levels.

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