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Capitol Hill Buzz: Gowdy remarks stir partisan Benghazi feud

It's a question congressional investigators have long been seeking to answer: Could the military have reached the besieged diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, in time to prevent the killings of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, the night of Sept. 11, 2012?

The chairman of the House Benghazi committee — echoing comments by his top lawyer — now says no.

"Whether or not they could have gotten there in time, I don't think there is any issue with respect to that. They couldn't," Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., told Fox News this week.

Democrats seized on the comment, saying Gowdy was dismissing a central element of the two-year...

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