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Podliska v. House Benghazi Committee and Rep. Trey Gowdy, No. 15-cv-2037-RDM (D.D.C.)

In November 2015, Bradley Podliska, a former investigator of the House Benghazi Committee, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that the House Benghazi Committee discriminated and retaliated against him in violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (“USERRA), “a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination and retaliation based on military service or status.  Podliska also filed defamation and due process claims against Rep. Trey Gowdy regarding statements that Gowdy made after the New York Times and CNN reported in October 2010 that Podliska intended to sue the Committee.

The Benghazi Committee and Rep. Gowdy moved to dismiss Podliska’s lawsuit, and Podliska opposed that motion in April 2016. 

In December 2016, Podliska settled his case on confidential terms.  Podliska told the Washington Post on December 19, 2016, “I am happy to move beyond this dispute, and I will continue to serve my country and do whatever I can do to advance the security and interests of our nation.”

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