The American justice system requires opposing sides to cooperate in sharing information, as well as locating witnesses, in an effort to find the truth – evidently a concept that escapes the Pentagon and Democrats on the United States House Committee on Benghazi.

The Committee has been fighting a stonewalling strategy by panel Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, who was serving as Secretary of State at the time of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 when Ambassador Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans were murdered by Islamic terrorists.

When the Committee chair, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), requested information about a potential witness, Department of Defense official, Stephen Hedger, responded that the witness, “could not be found, despite expending significant resources’ searching for him.”

Hedger accused the Committee of taxing the Department with “excessive requests for information,” a claim that won him a subpoena from the Committee.

Gowdy, a renowned federal prosecutor before he ran for the House, says Hedger will need to explain the lengthy delay when he appears for a private interview in the next several weeks.

The witness, a drone operator on duty the night of the debacle as the consulate came under siege for hours without relief from U.S. forces, should have been easy to locate, according to Gowdy – if Hedger wanted to find him.

“This witness is still on active duty and confirmed Thursday the Air Force knew exactly who he was. Mr. Hedger will now have the opportunity to detail exactly what “resources” he “expended… and whether they are related to incompetence or deliberate concealment of the witness from a congressional inquiry.”

Ranking Committee Democrat, Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings protested, calling the subpoena an “abuse of authority by House Republicans” and “a desperate distraction from a failed investigation.”

Gowdy says it is important to hear from the servicemen and women on the scene, who have information as important or possibly more important than the generals and admirals commanding them.

 

 

 

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