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Trey Gowdy: Fired Benghazi Staffer Mishandled Classified Information

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Podliska says Gowdy's committee was engaged in a partisan investigation.

House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy in Washington, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House panel investigating the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, says he fired a staffer for mishandling classified information, among other causes.

House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy in Washington, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina released a statement on Sunday after the former staffer, Air Force Reserve Maj. Bradley F. Podliska, told CNN and The New York Times he was unlawfully fired in part because he sought to probe the deadly attacks on the U.S. compound — not Hillary Rodham Clinton and the State Department.

Podliska describes himself as a Republican and says Gowdy's committee was engaged in a partisan investigation of the attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Gowdy says Podliska was improperly focused on Clinton and that his panel is seeking a "definitive accounting" of the attacks.

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