Rep. Trey Gowdy: I want every single Benghazi document

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who will chair the special House committee to investigate Benghazi. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., will go after every single document and witness in that could shed light on the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi in his role as chairman of a special committee House Republicans are creating to continue their investigation.

"I want to see every single solitary relevant material document. In fact I want to see everything for which there can be any argument it is relevant and then we can judge whether it is material," Gowdy said in an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren Monday night.

Although Democrats say the new panel is redundant given that there have been seven separate committee investigations into Benghazi already, Gowdy argued that the fragmented nature of the previous investigations is precisely why this new one is necessary. He, for instance, doesn't know what information the House Intelligence Committee has received, and Intelligence Committee members don't know what materials that Gowdy has seen in his role as a member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Furthermore, Gowdy wants to re-evaluate interviews that have already been conducted, such as any work done by the Accountability Review Board at the State Department.

"I'm not interested in summaries, I'm not interested in synopses, I'm interested in access to the documents and the witness and I'm not interested in whether the appropriate questions were asked in the past," he said.

It is still unclear whether Democrats will participate in the committee, which they have argued is a partisan witch hunt. In a statement Tuesday morning, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called for the panel to be split equally between Republicans and Democrats, a condition Republicans might reject. An aide to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, was quick to remind reporters that the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming the Democrats created in 2007 had nine Democrats and six Republicans.

But Gowdy insists the investigation is not motivated by politics.

"There are certain things in our culture that have to transcend politics. And I don't mean to sound naive, but the murder of four fellow Americans and an attack on a facility that is emblematic of our country should transcend politics," he said. "I know our fellow citizens can handle the truth, but only if they get access to it."

  • Rebecca Kaplan

    Rebecca Kaplan is a political reporter for CBSNews.com.

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