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Can You Catch the Difference Between How Trey Gowdy and Elijah Cummings Recite the Benghazi Victims' Names at Wednesday's Hearing?


"Their names must be etched in our memory banks..."


The Select Committee on Benghazi held its first public hearing on Wednesday, which gave members of both parties a chance to recall the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and remember the four Americans who died as a result.

But some members had more trouble than others remembering the names of the victims. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) called on everyone to remember the names of the four Americans who died.

"Their names must be etched in our memory banks," Cummings said. "Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty."

But he had to look down as his prepared remarks before reading out each name (Cummings reads off the names at about the 20-second mark):

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who chairs the select committee, seemed to have a much easier time remembering their names. Gowdy referred to his remarks, but was able to list the names without nearly as much trouble (Gowdy reads the names at about the 30-second mark):

"Two were killed when a facility emblematic of our country was set on fire, and two of them were killed when they dared to fight back and defend themselves and others," Gowdy said. "Sean Smith, Chris Stevens, Ty Woods and Glen Doherty represented us. They represented our country and our values."

Gowdy's committee met just a day after several Democrats held a press conference in which they said all relevant questions about the 2012 attack have been answered.

But Gowdy defended the committee's work, and said there are still lingering questions and documents that have not been turned over to Congress.

"Some question the need for this committee," he said. "I respect your right to disagree, but the mark of a professional, indeed the mark of character, is to do a good job even if you do not think the task should have been assigned in the first place."

"Given the gravity of the issues at hand, I am willing to risk answering the same question twice rather than risk not answering it once," he said.

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