Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is worried that the upcoming Benghazi hearings will disappoint because of the possible lack of focus on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is currently running for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that a recent comment from the committee chairman, Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, is what caused the alarm (video below).
“Yesterday, I watched Trey, who I do respect, I think he is a terrific guy, but he seemed to be doing a big pivot,” Trump said. “He said, ‘Well, this isn’t about Hillary Clinton.’ You know, I’m pretty good at figuring this stuff out.”
“He seemed to be doing Sean, I’m sure you saw it, he seemed to be doing a big pivot away from Hillary Clinton. And I was trying to figure out what that was all about,” Trump added.
The possible movement away from Clinton during the Benghazi hearings has Trump believing they may disappoint.
“So you may not be as happy as you think with these hearings,” Trump said. “I Just don’t know. The hearings, I was looking forward to them, but with all that’s happening — and I was surprised he pivoted away so much from Hillary. He said, ‘These hearings are not about her. Actually, we want to discuss other people much more so.’ And it sounded like he was sort of pulling away from going after her.”
Gowdy expressed his feelings about Republicans who are not on the committee making comments about how it is being run, and the involvement of Clinton, with a resounding “shut up.”
"I have told my own Republican colleagues and friends, shut up talking about things that you don't know anything about. And unless you're on the committee, you have no idea what we've done, why we've done it and what new facts we have found," Gowdy said, according to CNN.
Gowdy remarked that Clinton is one of 70 witnesses called so far by the committee.
"I get that she gets more attention than the other 69," Gowdy said. "But frankly, if you ask me, the eye witnesses on the ground that night in Benghazi are more important to me as a former prosecutor than the former secretary of state."
Howdy added that any comments made by Republicans that the committee is focusing on Clinton in order to lower her poll numbers in the presidential race are wrong.