Last week, following the release of internal emails indicating a former Obama speechwriter was instrumental in perpetuating misleading talking points, House Speaker John Boehner finally agreed to implement a select committee to investigate the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi.
South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, a former prosecutor with a reputation for cutting through partisan rhetoric during questioning, has been pegged to head the special panel. Whether intimidated by his capabilities or just averse to anyone digging into the Obama administration’s alleged mishandling of the consulate attack that left four Americans dead, Gowdy’s political opponents have made him the subject of ridicule and, in some cases, threats.
As Politico reported this week, U.S. Capitol Police are currently conducting their own investigation in an attempt to find out who is behind two emails that suggest the Republican congressman will face physical injury as a result of his role in the Benghazi hearings.
According to reports, potential threats against legislators have become an even higher priority since the 2011 shooting of former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
While authorities are not releasing many details at this stage of their investigation, a Politico report indicates reporters at the site – along with “journalists at other outlets” – were sent copies of the two emails “warning that Gowdy would be harmed because of his role in investigating the 2012 attacks.”
As for Capitol Police, spokesperson Shennell Antrobus would only confirm there is an “active, open investigation” into the matter.
This is not the first reported attempt to harm – or at least intimidate – Gowdy since his election to Congress. In 2012, a woman with a gun approached him as he sat in his car waiting to pick up his daughter in Spartanburg, S.C.
At that time, there was no indication whether the suspect, Georgia resident Gloria Brackett, was motivated by politics. No one was injured during the altercation.
The reported threats being made against him now, however, are clearly motivated by people who hope – for whatever reason – to prevent Gowdy from doing his job in exposing the truth about Benghazi.