House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's controversial comments about Hillary Clinton may have cost him a friendship -- fellow congressman and Benghazi committee chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)
Gowdy told the Washington Post that McCarthy (R-Calif.) called him the morning after he implied to Fox News that the Benghazi investigation was politically motivated. McCarthy later walked back his comments, but it looks as though the damage might already be done.
“How many times can somebody apologize? Yes, he’s apologized as many times as a human can apologize. It doesn’t change it. It doesn’t fix it, ” Gowdy told WaPo. “Kevin is a friend, which makes the disappointment, frankly, even more bitter."
McCarthy's remarks have caused issues for Gowdy, who has insisted that the Benghazi probe has nothing to do with hurting the former secretary of state's presidential chances. Democrats, who have been complaining for months about the panel, moved to end the investigation on Tuesday.
Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) also distanced himself from McCarthy's comments. House Republicans will meet on Thursday to choose their nominee to replace Boehner, who is retiring later this month. McCarthy is a likely choice.
To read more of Gowdy's interview with WaPo, click here.