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U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas: Benghazi worse than Watergate

By Steve Kraske

skraske@kcstar.com

October 18, 2015 09:31 PM

UPDATED October 19, 2015 09:08 AM

Kansas congressman Mike Pompeo, a possible candidate to be the next House speaker, said on national television Sunday that the Benghazi investigation is “worse in some ways” than the Watergate investigation.

The congressional review of Benghazi has now lasted longer than its examination of Watergate. But Pompeo, a member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said the investigation isn’t close to finished.

On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Pompeo, a Republican from Wichita, accused the administration of playing “hide the ball” with congressional investigators instead of cooperating with them.

Referring to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Pompeo accused her of hiding behind her emails. “She destroyed 30,000 of them,” he said.

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“This investigation has always been about one thing: the death of four Americans,” Pompeo said in a statement following the broadcast. “We owe it to the American people to understand what happened and do what we can to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“Unfortunately, the Obama administration has fought us at every turn. Just this week, three years after the attack, the administration released Ambassador Chris Stevens' emails. In Watergate, a Nixon aide only erased 18 and a half minutes of hours of recordings. Hillary Clinton hid every single email on a private server, then erased 30,000 of them, and then forced the FBI to conduct a criminal investigation.

“This investigation can only conclude when all the facts are in and the truth has been revealed.”