Dems Say They’ll Stick With ‘Abusive, Wasteful’ Benghazi Panel

October 23, 2015 3:07 p.m.
EDITORS' NOTE: TPM is making our COVID-19 coverage free to all readers during this national health crisis. If you’d like to support TPM's reporters, editors and staff, the best way to do so is to become a member.

Democratic members of the House Select Committee on Benghazi announced Friday that they would continue to participate on the “partisan” panel after Hillary Clinton’s marathon testimony.

“After yesterday’s 11-hour hearing, there can be no remaining doubt that the Benghazi Select Committee is a taxpayer-funded fishing expedition to derail Secretary Clinton’s presidential campaign,” the committee’s Democrats said in a statement. “After meeting with Leader Pelosi today, we are calling on Speaker Boehner to immediately shut down this abusive, wasteful, and obviously partisan effort. If the Speaker rejects our request, Democrats will continue to participate at this point in order to make sure the facts are known and the conspiracy theories are debunked.”

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said earlier this week in an interview with Reuters that the panel’s Democrats were concerned their presence lent “legitimacy, by being there, to a committee that really has none.” The Benghazi committee was rocked in recent weeks by suggestions from both sides of the aisle that the panel was designed to target Clinton’s political hopes.

Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Senior Editor:
Special Projects Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Publishing Associate:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer: