Democrats on the House Select Committee on Benghazi panel are wielding GOP Chairman Trey Gowdy's own words as a weapon in their push for Republicans to release the transcript of Sidney Blumenthal's marathon Tuesday deposition.
They're bristling at Gowdy's plan to release newly uncovered emails about Libya between Blumenthal and Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of State, arguing the transcript should be made public to contextualize the messages and provide background.
In a letter Wednesday, the panel's five Democrats pointed to Gowdy's March comments in opposition to releasing Clinton's Libya-related emails that the committee had obtained from the State Department (the department released them last month).
"Given your own words on this topic warning against the selective release of information from the Committee's investigation, it has become impossible to understand your revolving policy on when the Select Committee will release information and when it will not," the letter states.
The Democrats cite Gowdy's remark at a March press conference about Clinton's use of a private email server, when he said, "The danger whenever you selectively release or leak information is you give a disproportionate amount of attention and importance to whatever you've leaked, which is why we don't do it."