Notes below from FNC Chad Pergram:
Urgent: Gowdy/Cummings conclude first formal meeting about Benghazi Committee
Per Pergram-Capitol Hill
House Benghazi committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the top Democrat on the panel have concluded their meeting after just under an hour in Cummings’ office. They discussed timetables and staffing issues for the committee.
The two met briefly Wednesday in the Speaker’s Office. This was their first official chat.
They discussed timetables and staffing issues for the committee.
Gowdy says that the committee is looking at staff of anywhere from 25-40 people total for both sides.
One of the issues is going to be hiring people with the appropriate security clearances or taking time to get those persons cleared.
I asked Gowdy when a bona fide hearing might take place besides an open, public organizational meeting or two. I suggested July. Gowdy said that “would be very ambitious,” sticking to his mantra that much of the work will be done in depositions behind closed doors.
I know you’re getting tired of hearing this, but (Cummings) and I have a wonderful relationship.
Gowdy on how the two will get along:
There aren’t going to be any surprises…He and are going to disagree about things. But we’ll disagree before you hear about it on the television.
Gowdy on the challenges of staffing up:
You’ve got to get staffed up…still seeking resumes of people who want to be part of a fact-centric inquiry.
Gowdy on staffing and administrative issues they need to move through:
It’s not sexy. It’s not interesting. But you get the building blocks set so you can go forward…going from zero to 25 to 40 people.
Senior Producer for Capitol Hill