Pelosi Calls For Equal Ratio Of Dem, GOP Members On Benghazi Panel

AP

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Tuesday called for an equal ratio of Democrats and Republicans on the GOP’s upcoming select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks of 2012.

“If this review is to be fair, it must be truly bipartisan. The panel should be equally divided between Democrats and Republicans as is done on the House Ethics Committee,” she said in a statement. “It should require that witnesses are called and interviewed, subpoenas are issued, and information is shared on a bipartisan basis. Only then could it be fair.”

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) hasn’t announced the partisan ratio of the committee. But his spokesman, Brendan Buck, pointed out that in 2007, then-Speaker Pelosi established a select committee on energy and global warming that included 9 Democrats and 6 Republicans.

A House Democratic leadership aide said that in determining their level of participation, Democrats will consider the partisan ratio as well as the scope of the panel and what it takes to issue a subpoena.

Boehner announced Monday the panel will be lead by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC).

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