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Gowdy: Fired Benghazi panel staffer decided to ‘run to the press’ after failed effort to get money

Trey Gowdy

Published October 12, 2015

The leader of the Republican-led special Benghazi committee tried Sunday to discredit a former staffer’s claim that he was fired for not joining in a partisan-driven effort to tarnish Hillary Clinton, saying he never even spoke to the ex-staffer.

South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said he never met with the staffer, investigator and Air Force Reserves officer Bradley F. Podliska, and that Podliska was, in fact, warned about his own efforts to discredit Clinton, who was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

“Because I do not know him, and cannot recall ever speaking to him, I can say for certain he was never instructed by me to focus on Clinton, nor would he be a credible person to speak on my behalf,” Gowdy said.

He also said Podliska has never mentioned Clinton — from when he was counseled about his “deficient performance” to when he was fired and through the entire legal mediation process.

Furthermore, Gowdy said, Podliska has “run to the press with his new salacious allegations” after failing to get money from the committee.

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Donald Trump unleashes anti-media tirade

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Donald Trump unleashes anti-media tirade
By JONATHAN TOPAZ | 5/5/14 7:45 AM EDT

Donald Trump slammed the media on Monday, calling the press “really dishonest” in its coverage of everything from Benghazi to his recent comments about Donald Sterling.

“I have found the press to be among the most dishonest institutions. I’ve never seen anything like it,” the real estate magnate said on “Fox & Friends.”

The developer said that the media have avoided coverage of the September 2012 attacks in Benghazi  because they are trying to insulate many on the left from negative coverage.

“Most of the press, the liberal press in particular, does not want to talk about Benghazi,” Trump said. “And they want to protect anybody involved with respect to Benghazi.” Among those the media are trying to protect, he said, is former Secretary of State and potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Trump also railed against the press for its coverage of his remarks last week about Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who has been suspended for life by the NBA for his comments on race. Last week, while criticizing Sterling’s comments, Trump described V. Stiviano, the woman who taped her conversation with the Clippers owner, as “the girlfriend from hell.”

(Also on POLITICO: Trump: ‘The girlfriend from hell’)

“She’s called the girlfriend from hell, but what he said was terrible and despicable and very strong action is going to be taken. There’s no question about it,” Trump said last week of Stiviano and Sterling. “She’s a terrible human being, and he gave horrible answers and disgusting answers.” POLITICO reported the story last week with the headline: “Donald Trump on Donald Sterling comments: ‘The girlfriend from hell.’”

Trump said that the press only covered his comments on Stiviano and neglected his statements criticizing Sterling.

“Nobody was tougher on Donald Sterling than I was,” he said on Monday, while adding that he still thinks Stiviano was “bad news.”

“Reporters are really dishonest, especially political reporters,” he continued.

And though Trump knocked the press in general, he did single out one outlet in particular: “Huffington Post is, like, pathetic,” he said.

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