We don’t really see any problem with this “strategy” since they’ve been trying to block the American people from getting the truth for 20 months now. It’s not like they would be aggressive in getting answers.
Democrats should boycott a select committee that House Speaker John Boehner plans to form to investigate the 2012 attacks on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, Representative Adam Schiff said.
The California Democrat, who sits on the House intelligence committee, said today there’s no reason for Democrats to participate in another probe of the Benghazi attacks that’s aimed partly at undermining former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s potential presidential bid in 2016.
“It’s a colossal waste of time,” Schiff said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“I don’t think it makes sense for us to give this select committee any more credibility than it deserves,” he said. “And frankly, I don’t think it deserves very much.”
A colossal waste of time, says the guy whose leader is wandering the country babbling about the minimum wage. Such a move could backfire badly.
Despite a call to boycott the Republican push for a select committee investigation of the 2012 Benghazi attack, Democrats will have to take part to avoid losing control of the narrative if more damaging memos emerge about the Obama administration’s handling of the attacks, observers told the Herald.
“The call for a select committee is predicated on those recent memos, with more to come,” said Victor Davis Hanson of the Hoover Institution, referring to last week’s so-called smoking gun emails. “So if they were to boycott it, and if they have another one of these Ben Rhodes memos, they’d look really stupid right before the midterm elections. They’d be better off to go along with it and hope nothing else surfaces.”
Hanson said Dems will want to be able to shape questions for officials who come before the committee, particularly if more material emerges like a previously withheld email by White House speech writer Ben Rhodes that documents efforts to frame the terrorist attack as a response to an anti-Muslim video, and another previously classified email that indicated the attack was immediately identified as an Islamic extremist terrorist attack. The 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
Meanwhile, it’s expected South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy will be chairing the committee.
The selection of Gowdy is being read by many as a blow to the sometimes-volatile House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and his probe into the 2012 attacks, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. In fact, some sources on Capitol Hill argue that one of the reasons a select committee has been commissioned is to specifically sideline Issa. Issa’s staff and the staff of the House Armed Services Committee got into a public dispute last week about the credibility of a Benghazi witness at an oversight committee hearing last week.
There are not expected to be further announcements regarding others who may serve on the committee or even whether Democrats might participate. There appears to have been no direct contact between the Speaker’s Office and the Minority Leader’s Office about the creation of the committee despite Friday’s announcement of its pending inception.