Keeping in line with the time-honored wisdom, “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt,” Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. advised his colleagues on Sunday regarding claims that politics have impacted the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which he chairs. “I have told my own Republican colleagues and friends, shut up talking about things that you don’t know anything about. And unless you’re on the committee, you have no idea what we’ve done, why we’ve done it and what new facts we have found,” Gowdy said Sunday on CBS’ Face the Nation. Gowdy was responding to talk by Republicans including Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., that the committee’s real aim is to hurt Hillary Clinton’s efforts to win the Democratic nomination and be elected president. In fact, Gowdy emphasized, the focus is to determine what took place before, during, and after the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi, Libya, in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed. Clinton was secretary of state at the time. “I get that people don’t want to talk about that. But the seven [Republican] members of my committee are much more focused on the four dead Americans than we are anyone’s presidential aspirations,” he said.