Rep. Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.) said in faux concern Sunday that he understands Hillary Clinton is "frustrated" over her woes in the polls amid the email scandal dogging her campaign, but that she can't blame Republicans for her decisions to use a private server.
Gowdy is overseeing the House Select Committee on Benghazi, the 2012 terrorist attack in Libya that killed four Americans during Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State. It is one of the key areas of interest in the probe into her private email server.
Clinton angrily denounced the Benghazi investigation as a partisan witch-hunt during a speech in Iowa Friday.
"I won't get down in the mud with them," Clinton said. "I won't play politics with national security or dishonor the memories of those who we lost. I won't pretend that this is anything other than what it is, the same old partisan games we've seen so many times before."
Gowdy, a guest on Fox News Sunday, pointed out the Inspectors General nominated by President Obama and the Federal Bureau of Investigation leading the inquiry into Clinton were not partisan.
"I get that she's frustrated," she said. "Her poll numbers are tanking. Folks who never thought about getting into the race are getting in the race. But she need not blame House Republicans for having her own personal server, for exclusively using private email, for telling us the Sidney Blumenthal emails were unsolicited and then we later find out that they were not, after telling us there was no classified information, then we later find out that there was."
Sometimes, Gowdy said, when people are angry they engage in self-reflection, and in other times they lash out and blame "non-existent right-wing conspiracies."
"Apparently, she's chosen to do the latter," Gowdy said.