Last week, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy handed Hillary Clinton and the Democrats a gift when he went on TV and said, several times, that the House Select Committee on Benghazi has demonstrated its value by eroding Clinton’s poll numbers ahead of the 2016 presidential race.
What makes this gaffe (i.e. telling the truth) even more interesting is that it was in response to a question about what the GOP's House Majority had done that was noteworthy. THAT WAS HIS FIRST RESPONSE. They set up an ambush committee.
It was a statement of the obvious – the GOP’s interest in Benghazi has long been pegged to Hillary’s political future – but to have a member of the Republican leadership just come right out and say it made it impossible to pretend that the committee’s investigation is being conducted in anything resembling good faith. McCarthy gave the Democrats an opening, and they’re plowing right through it.
WHEN COMPARED WITH ALL OF THE MAJOR INVESTIGATIVE SELECT COMMITTEES APPOINTED TO UNCOVER MAJOR WRONGDOING........
Remember there have been 7 formal investigations into the events at Benghazi that resulted in sacking of a small consular office near a CIA operations center that resulted in the death of 4 Americans, including an ambassador.
In each of them the result has been the same. There were mistakes made but understandable ones all within policy at the time. The final one of these investigations was the one the GOP was counting on the most that of the GOP controlled House Intelligence Committee. The results were released LAST NOVEMBER.
The results were so disappointing that the Republican-run Committee waited until late on a Friday afternoon, the week before Thanksgiving, to announce the results of its two-year investigation into the deadly attacks on a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya.
A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.
Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the investigation of the politically charged incident determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria.
The report, which is available in its entirety here, is an unflinching summary of the available evidence, which utterly destroys everything right-wing conspiracy theorists have been pushing for more than two years about the deadly attack. For conservatives, there’s no sugarcoating any of this – literally every accusation has been debunked. No exceptions.
BUT...John Boehner could not resist the demands of his caucus and he appointed a Special Select Committee to carry on when all of the regular committees failed in their mission to deliver a terrible verdict on the Obama administration's handling of the crisis.
For Clinton, it was an opportunity to vent a little moral outrage and beat up on her Republican opponents. She appeared on Monday’s edition of NBC’s “Today” invoking McCarthy’s gaffe as frequently as a example of GOP misuse of government for explicitly political gain at a big cost (in time and money).
BUT, the most interesting response to McCarthy’s remarks, however, has come from the Benghazi committee’s Democratic minority. For months now, the committee Democrats have been complaining, often to little attention, of misbehavior by the Republican majority: interviewing witnesses without informing the minority they were doing so, not reporting interview material that was unfavorable to the position they have taken, selectively leaking portions of transcribed interviews to journalists, and slow-walking the pace of the investigation.
In the aftermath of McCarthy’s gaffe, the Democrats are getting bolder and challenging the credibility of committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy. They are now talking of resigning en-mass from the committee after the Clinton appearance later this month arguing that they will no longer be a part of an admitted GOP hit job on a matter that has been exhaustively investigated.
Yesterday, the Democratic minority released portions of former Clinton aide Cheryl Mills’ Sept. 3 testimony before the committee “to begin the process of correcting the public record.” As they pointed out, Republicans began leaking snippets of Mills’ testimony almost immediately and used her words to suggest that the independence of the State Department’s Accountability Review Board investigation into Benghazi had been compromised.
That wasn’t true, as the full context of Mills’ remarks made clear, but misleading leaks of this sort have become commonplace as the investigation has dragged on. They’ve been made possible by Gowdy’s insistence on treating interview transcripts as “classified,” and the fact that leaks keep on happening suggests that Gowdy really isn’t too concerned about protecting this information in any meaningful way when his own people do it. (Responding to one of the many leaking episodes, Gowdy actually blamed Hillary Clinton for the fact that someone on his committee disseminated inaccurate information to the press.)
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