Without a doubt, the highlight of FBI agent Peter Strzok’s Congressional inquisition was when Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ-12th) scolded Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC-4th):
“If you can’t control yourself, how do you expect this committee to control itself? You’ve been out of control since you’ve been on this committee! Why don’t you leave it alone?! This is not Benghazi!”
This followed several attempts by other Democrats to rein in Gowdy’s grandstanding, but it was Coleman who managed to change the entire tempo of the room by reminding Trey Gowdy, the rest of the committee, and everyone else about how little fruit Gowdy’s breathless inquisitions typically bear.
The 2016 Presidential Election was embroiled with lies told by the Republicans about Hillary Clinton and the Benghazi deaths, but US District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson just proved that by completely tossing out the wrongful death suits brought against Clinton after the Benghazi attack.
By dismissing the suits, Judge Jackson also ended allegations that Clinton slandered the victims’ parents by offering contradicting accounts of the events that led to their children’s deaths. In Jackson’s opinion, she writes:
“The Court finds that Secretary Clinton was acting in the scope of her employment when she transmitted the emails that are alleged to give rise to her liability. The untimely death of plaintiffs’ sons is tragic, and the Court does not mean to minimize the unspeakable loss that plaintiffs have suffered in any way. But when one applies the appropriate legal standards, it is clear that plaintiffs have not alleged sufficient facts to rebut the presumption that Secretary Clinton was acting in her official capacity when she used her private email server.”
According to Politico, Judge Jackson had good reason to dismiss the slander portion of the suit:
The judge also rejected the defamation claims, concluding that Clinton’s public statements that the family members’ were “wrong” about what she’d said to them about the motivation for the attack were not the equivalent of saying they lied. In short, Jackson concluded that Clinton was saying that the parents could be mistaken in their recollection, particularly given the impact of their children’s deaths.
“Secretary Clinton did not refer to plaintiffs as liars,” Jackson noted. “Plaintiffs may find the candidate’s statements in her own defense to be ‘unpleasant or offensive,’ but Secretary Clinton did not portray plaintiffs as ‘odious, infamous, or ridiculous….’ To the contrary, the statements portray plaintiffs as normal parents, grieving over the tragic loss of their loved ones.”
So that epic 11-hour grilling session meant nothing. Nor does it appear that Strzok’s testimony was a win for Trump, Republicans, or Trey Gowdy in particular.