Conservative Pols to Deliver Collegiate Crash Course on Benghazi
Posted at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 12
(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Republican lawmakers Lindsey Graham, Trey Gowdy and Jason Chaffetz are taking their critiques of the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, on the road Friday, sharing their well-documented concerns about President Barack Obama’s handling of the international conflict with poli-sci students at Furman University in South Carolina.
Dr. Danielle Vinson, professor of “The American Congress” course the pols will be presiding over, told HOH that Gowdy pitched this particular guest lecture plan to school administrators — an offer she readily accepted.
“It’s an opportunity for students to meet with members of Congress and see how they think and act and interact,” she said. “We want students at Furman to experience the real world.”
Vinson noted that she had previously invited Gowdy, along with fellow Palmetto State delegation member Jeff Duncan, to chat up one of her classes during their first terms in Congress. A Graham aide assured HOH that his boss has spoken “at just about every college/university in South Carolina;” Vinson confirmed she’d seen him around campus — “Sen. Graham has done a town hall at Furman,” she shared.
A Gowdy aide said roping in Chaffetz was fairly easy, given that the Utahn was already headed into town for an unrelated political event.
The plan is to give the pols the full 50 minutes of class time to explain what Congress has divined after a year spent investigating the tragic end that befell U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and other U.S. personnel.
Vinson’s only prerequisite is that the visiting scholars make sure to leave plenty of time for Q&A.