Benghazi Select Committee Will Have 7 Republicans, 5 Democrats

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The soon-to-be-formed select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks will have 7 Republican members and 5 Democratic members, a senior GOP leadership aide confirmed to TPM on Tuesday afternoon.

That means Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will reject a request by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) that the panel be evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats in order to be “fair.”

Democrats are considering boycotting the committee out of concerns that it will be a politically-motivated exercise, although they haven’t made any decisions yet.

The panel will be led by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC).

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