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February 6, 2016

Democrats Consider Naming Just One Member to Benghazi Committee

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DeLauro suggested having Pelosi name just one Democrat to the Benghazi committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Democrats are considering naming just one person to the special committee investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, a move that would serve as a symbolic protest of the panel’s creation, but would also allow Democrats access to information obtained by committee Republicans.

The Benghazi committee proposal was floated late Thursday in a letter to Democratic members from Rep. Rosa DeLauro, the co-chairwoman of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and a trusted member of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s inner circle.

Members had discussed naming five members, or not naming any at all. Calling the creation of the committee “deeply partisan,” the Connecticut Democrat suggested a compromise.

“If there is a sense of the caucus that we should participate, I suggest you consider a third option: naming just one Democratic member as an official panel participant,” she wrote in the letter obtained by CQ Roll Call. “Such a participant could maintain Democratic access to committee proceedings and material, question witnesses, monitor the House Majority’s activities and provide a powerful voice to raise issues and make appropriate public comments.”

DeLauro did not suggest who that member could be. Democrats plan to meet Friday morning to discuss their options.

Democrats have objected to the creation of the committee, in part, because it provides seven slots for Republicans and five for Democrats, a move they have said portends a partisan bent to the proceedings. In a meeting earlier this week, many Democrats thought they should boycott the committee outright. Still other Democrats believe they should fully participate.

For instance, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., another member of Pelosi’s inner circle, on Thursday reiterated his support for appointing a full slate of Democrats to the committee, but dismissed suggestions that Democrats opt in with partial participation by naming just one of their own to go up against Republicans.

“I think we ought to participate with all five,” Waxman told reporters. “The problem with [having one] is you get all the Republicans asking questions and then you have one Democrat.”

Waxman said ideally both sides would have equal representation, which Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., asked Speaker John A. Boehner for on Tuesday, but ultimately five was better than none.

“Whenever you have people forming a special committee for an investigation, especially with Republicans, there’s a tendency to overreach,” he argued. “Democrats ought to be there to call them out on it if they do.”

Meanwhile, Boehner’s and Pelosi’s camps are trying to hash out an agreement in which Democrats would participate in the panel, and in exchange would have a say in decisions about issuing subpoenas and other things usually in the majority’s power, according to senior aides. It is not clear, however, what extra powers Boehner could grant the minority.

Boehner is expected to name his remaining slots on Friday. He has already chosen Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. to chair the committee.

  • ShadrachSmith

    Well, Roll Call sure won’t criticize them for that. Why should Democrats be embarrassed during an election cycle? To Roll Call, that has politics backwards.

    • notyranny

      Still laughing..

  • papal

    That is fine, it means that there will be one babbling fool whining during the meeting. I don’t understand where the problem is with the committee numbers, they are more than Pelosi fair(9 to 6). Besides when Pelosi changes her mind later and wants more members they can ignore her.

  • notyranny

    This is hillaryass!!

  • jj ww

    The Democrats are too dumb to figure out that Republican budget cuts reduced the amount of security US diplomats can have. Now the sequestration means we can’t improve diplo security and with crazy terror groups like the one in Nigeria it’s just a matter of time before more die in service to their country. CUT BIG Government! Kill spending! yes, and kill veterans who can’t get VA medical care and diplomats who work unprotected.

    But, Democrats are spooked and don’t seem to know how to deal with the Republican pit bulls.

    The should have all available Dems at the hearing. They should introduce evidence of past US casualties – start with Khobar Tower in Lebanon –

    “The Khobar Towers bombing was a terrorist attack on part of a housing complex in the city of Khobar, Saudi Arabia, located near the national oil company (Saudi Aramco) headquarters of Dhahran on June 25, 1996. At that time Khobar Towers was being used as quarters for foreign military personnel.

    A huge truck-bomb was detonated adjacent to Building #131, an eight-story structure housing United States Air Force personnel from the 4404th Wing (Provisional), primarily from a deployed rescue squadron and deployed fighter squadron. In all, 19 U.S. servicemen were killed and 498 of many nationalities were wounded. Although al-Qaeda has been described by some sources as the likely culprit, the official June 25, 1996 statement by the United States named members of Hezbollah Al-Hejaz (English: Party of God in the Hijaz) as responsible.” THEY STILL DON’T KNOW who carried that out!

    Ronald Reagan got away clean on that one.

  • sashley

    The Democrats in the U.S. Congress are just echoing Hillary. “What difference does it make.”

  • Andre Leonard

    Who cares if it’s all donkeys or elephants. It transcends partisanship and amounts to nothing more than a white-wash.. No pun intended.

    Accountability and Washington are oxymorons..

  • Izzy Isbourne

    Sheesh, that is one ugly dude!

  • RudyJ

    Democrats still don’t understand that when the President and the Secretary of State blatantly lie to the American people and the families of those killed, we want to know exactly why they lied so boldly, so completely and for so long. Unfortunately, the liberal print and TV media as well as most politicians are afraid of the word “liar” and will use every other euphemism to avoid using that word.

  • Dutch6

    No Democrat participation in the Benghazi committee? Pretty childish….actually it is a very dangerous precedent to set and one that demeans the nature of a representative government.
    Don’t Democrats have constituents that are asking questions and want answers not Carney spin?
    Isn’t that reminiscent of how Obama care was rammed through the Congress? Democrats told Republicans that they come along for the ride but Democrats were driving the bus and republicans could sit in the back if they were quiet.. Democrats had no interest in plaything the Republicans had to say so it would appear that the Democrats had already written the ground rules for how working together is going to function in Congress.

  • Frank Moonves

    No Dems on Witch Hunt, PLEASE. Call Pelosi (202) 225-4965

  • Arseclown

    1 Dem?? they want a mole thats all..BTW do the Dems have any good looking women on board?? seeesh….they need to find a better face for their photos…….

    • Beachguy53

      How about “Chocolate Dome” Cummings? Would enjoy seeing Gowdy smack him around when he starts flapping his lips.

  • D.C.J.

    Democratic women are as cute as the Red/Orange Color pattern like on an Orangutan’s butt area. Come to think about it it should be Pelosi then she’d match Boehner. LOL.

  • rmagnano

    Rosa DeLauro, didn’t she play the witch in the Wizzard of Oz? Anyway if there is only one Democrat on the committee does that make it not a legal committee? As far as I’m concerned they can all stay away, if they choose. It’s like a PARTY you can come if you want but your not compelled to. They have stalled long enough, too long. Time to open the Court House and find out how many and who were involved. Then hand out the sentances and get on with the next elections.

  • erick

    CIA documents prove that Osama Darrell Issa the republican Taliban planned the operation. Osama Darrel Issa was Bin Laden’s top Arab terrorist mastermind.

    • DoucheOwebama

      Congratulations. You’ve just taken the prize for the most incompetent statement made on the internet for 2014. Now go back to f*cking your little sister, you Libtard Pedo-douche POS…

  • DoucheOwebama

    PLEASE, Libtards. NO more pictures of the hag twins. I think I just threw up in my mouth. Good lord, what WAS that thing????????

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