Yes, Really: McCarthy Tells His Critics To ‘Stop Playing Politics’ With Benghazi

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif. pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. The House’s most hard-edged conservatives are trying to keep McCarthy from inhe... House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif. pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. The House’s most hard-edged conservatives are trying to keep McCarthy from inheriting the Speaker post from Boehner once he steps down. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) MORE LESS
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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) addressed his recent comments about the Benghazi committee again on Wednesday, urging people to “stop playing politics.”

McCarthy last week touted the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s success in hurting Hillary Clinton, prompting outcries from Democrats that the committee was formed for political reasons.

“Let’s be very clear: Benghazi is not polit­ic­al,” Mc­Carthy said when asked about his comments at a press conference with House leadership, according to National Journal. “It was cre­ated for one pur­pose and one pur­pose only: to find the truth on be­half of the fam­il­ies of the four dead Amer­ic­ans. Peri­od.”

“The in­teg­rity of Trey Gowdy, the in­teg­rity of the work that has been done has nev­er come in­to ques­tion and it nev­er should be. Stop play­ing polit­ics,” he continued.

When asked if he misspoke, McCarthy said, “I could have been more clear in my de­scrip­tion of what was go­ing for­ward, and I’ve stated that,” according to National Journal.

Since making his initial comments last week, McCarthy has made numerous attempts to clarify his remarks.

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