Towards the beginning of his questioning of Clinton, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) noted that Gowdy had bashed previous, GOP-led congressional investigations into the Benghazi attacks during his opening statement.
"I think it was appropriate for the committee and Congress to do the investigations that they did," Smith said. "But all of that begs the question as to why we've spent the $4.7 million that we have spent on this. And even in the chairman's opening remarks, it was primarily a defense of the committee's existence. Not any new information, not here's what we, in those 17 months and $4.7 million, have figured out that is through and different. Nothing."
Gowdy answered with a burn once Smith, the ranking member of the GOP-led House Armed Services Committee that concluded last year there had been no stand-down order during the Benghazi attacks, yielded his time.
"I will be happy to get a copy of my opening statement for the gentleman from Washington so he can refresh his recollection on all the things our committee found that your previous committee missed," the chairman sniped.