Pelosi ‘Leaning Toward’ Full Participation In New Benghazi Probe

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, discusses the unfinished work of Congress and the struggle for Republican and Democratic budget negotiators to reach a compromise, at a news conference on Capitol... House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, discusses the unfinished work of Congress and the struggle for Republican and Democratic budget negotiators to reach a compromise, at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. She is joined by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Md., left, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., the ranking member of the House Budget Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) MORE LESS
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is “leaning toward” fully participating in the GOP-led select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks of 2012, a senior Democratic aide said.

“No decision has been made, but Pelosi is now leaning toward appointing a full complement of Members to the Select Committee on Benghazi,” the aide said in an email. “She huddled with leadership at 10 a.m. this morning and will likely hold an additional meeting with leadership this afternoon to update them on negotiations with the Speaker’s office.”

The aide, who wasn’t authorized to speak on the record, added: “Talks between Pelosi and [Speaker John] Boehner staff continue this morning on remaining items Democrats are asking for to ensure fairness, transparency and balance with respect to the committee’s proceedings and operations.”

The committee allows for 7 Republicans and 5 Democrats. It’ll be led by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC). Some Democrats have called for a boycott while others have suggested appointing just one Democrat to gather documents and monitor the probe.

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  1. Big mistake. Participation just gives this issue legitimacy. This is the ‘swift boating’ of Hillary - how can they not see this.

    Right now, no one gives a hoot about Benghazi - it’s viewed as a purely political issue by anyone who’s aware of what’s going on. This is a play for the votes of the less aware. The Dems should be mocking the right on this issue, not participating.

  2. I’m sure Sen Bernie Sanders has more important things to do, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Bernie on the on the panel, along with Alan Grayson.

  3. Like I said before, Democrats will cave to the whims of this Republican witch hunt. I will be quite curious to see who Pelosi eventually appoints to this so-called committee? I would love to see those Democrats be “pitbulls” who won’t let Republicans get away with the nonsense they no doubt will try to get away with. Democrats who can check these Republicans and call them out on this Republican political stunt!! Now, just who are these Democrats that can do that?!

  4. If she is going to do it go after them, counter them at every turn. The last thing that needs to happen is just sit and there and let them legitimize their crazy in the head claims.

  5. It’s a House panel so while Bernie’s participation might liven things up, he’s a Senator. I do have two words for Nancy though: Waxman and Grayson.

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