It is unclear whether Podliska still believes his approach toward the investigation contributed to his firing. A spokesman for Gowdy declined to comment, as did a lawyer for Podliska.
“We are now in active litigation and like the committee, we will not be commenting on pending motions,” said Peter Romer-Friedman of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. “We look forward to the truth coming out in a court of law.”
Podliska’s claim that the Benghazi committee was specifically targeting Clinton added to controversy surrounding the panel’s work last fall.
Critics see Gowdy’s team as a partisan operation focused on hampering Clinton’s chances in the 2016 presidential race. Supporters say the investigation is neutral and fact-based, and that Democrats are seeking to obstruct it with their criticism.
Lawyers for the committee have sought to dismiss the suit on the grounds that Podliska’s firing was a legislative act and thus protected from legal inquiry under the Constitution’s speech and debate clause. Asked whether dropping mention of Clinton was part of a legal strategy in the case, Romer-Friedman declined to comment.