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Gowdy blasts former Benghazi committee staffer

Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, slammed a former committee staffer who has publicly accused the panel of diverting its investigative focus to Hillary Clinton.

"One month ago, this staffer had a chance to bare his soul, and raise his claim this committee was focused on Secretary Clinton in a legal document, not an interview, and he did not do it," the South Carolina Republican said in a statement Sunday. "Nor did he mention Secretary Clinton at any time during his counseling for deficient performance, when he was terminated, or via his first lawyer who withdrew from representing him."

The staffer, Bradley Podliska, said in an interview with the New York Times and again Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that he was fired from the committee after resisting internal attempts to target Clinton rather than investigate the 2012 Benghazi terror attack.

Podliska said the panel took a partisan turn in March, shortly after the discovery of Clinton's exclusive use of a private email server to shield her official communications.

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