The following stunning news from Daily Kos:
"Rep Cummings: Gowdy altered documents in order to make false allegations against Clinton...
"Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland), the ranking member of the Benhazi committee,, makes a startling charge against Rep. Trey Gowdy, the Chairman of the Benghazi committee:
"To further inflate your claim, you placed your own redactions over the name of the individual with the words, “redacted due to sources and methods.” To be clear, these redactions were not made, and these words were not added, by any agency of the federal government responsible for enforcing classification guidelines.
Contrary to your claims, the CIA yesterday informed both the Republican and Democratic staffs of the Select Committee that they do not consider the information you highlighted in your letter to be classified. Specifically, the CIA confirmed that “the State Department consulted with the CIA on this production, the CIA reviewed these documents, and the CIA made no redactions to protect classified information.”
Predictably, commentators began repeating your accusations in even more extreme terms, suggesting in headlines for example that “Clinton Burns CIA Libya Contact.”
Gowdy is now admitting to this crime (and it is a crime- the misuse of Congressional resources to conduct a lying partisan attack,) although of course he's producing some nonsensical rationalization for his behavior. I will not dignify his self-justification by even considering it seriously here- we all know what is going on.
So here is the truth: The Republican chairman of the Benghazi committee has now been caught fabricating evidence that Hillary Clinton did something wrong. Is there a person in the country that cannot see that the problem here is not what Hillary did, but that the Republican party has been reduced to Stalinesque distortion of history to indict its enemies?
Well, unfortunately, here is the answer to my question: Yes, there are tens of millions of American voters who will continue to believe the patently false claim that this committee is about investigating American security procedures, or that the Republicans are doing anything here but attempting to win an election based on lies and smears. That is because the mainstream press is going to carefully see that this information is kept from them, lest it disturb their goal of seeing to it that the Republican party is never portrayed as the pack of seditious, corrupt traitors that it is.