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February 8, 2016

Boehner: No Comment on NRCC Fundraising on Benghazi (Updated) (Video)

Boehner (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Boehner refuses to weigh-in on GOP fundraising efforts tied in to the House’s investigation of the 2012 attack in Benghazi. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated, 1:04 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio refused to answer whether it is appropriate that Republicans are fundraising off of their efforts to empanel a special committee to investigate the 2012 attack on an American consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

When asked three times at his weekly press conference Thursday about the National Republican Congressional Committee’s fundraising solicitations, Boehner demurred, each time skirting the question by giving a variation of the following:

“Our focus is on getting the answers to those families who lost their loved ones. Period,” he said.

The NRCC’s fundraising pleas and the fact that the panel will be stacked with seven Republicans and five Democrats has given Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., pause about appointing members of her party to the committee to rebut the GOP.

Pelosi expressed those concerns on a phone call with Boehner on Wednesday. On Friday, Democrats will meet to decide whether to fill their five slots on the panel. The same day, Republicans are expected to appoint their members.

Boehner said he thinks the 7-5 split is fair, and said he told the same to Pelosi on their Wednesday phone call.

“I had a conversation with the minority leader yesterday and made clear that this is a serious investigation, that we wanted to work together to get to the truth,” he said. “This is a serious effort to get to the truth and I would hope that my colleagues across the aisle would see it the same way I do and appoint members.”

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel issued a statement Thursday condemning Boehner and the NRCC.

“Fundraising off the Benghazi tragedy is despicable and insulting and has no place in the national conversation,” he said. “Speaker Boehner and Chairman Walden should immediately take down their website and stop insulting the memory of the brave Americans who were lost there.”

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  • jefflz

    Lets get this in the record. I have in my hand the names of 230 traitors in the IRS and the State Department who….. Boehner ? Gowdy? They just don’t have the stuff!. This is about multiple witch hunts to stir up reactionary blood for
    fund-raising and vote-getting purposes. Unfortunately, what the
    Republicans lack is the charisma and leadership of a real man like Joe
    McCarthy. He knew how to get the job done right!! Joe are you now that
    they really need you?

  • labman57

    Republicans have never been known to pass up opportunities to politically profit from faux crises, fantasy conspiracies, and pseudo-scandals based on supposition, innuendo, and rumor mill.

    • pepjrp

      Go tell the victims families that. Remember to tell them that it all started because of a video. Yea, that’s the ticket. Maybe Susan Rice could go with you?

  • Jack Everett

    It can never be said that republicans respect the people that sacrifice their lives for them. Money is all this worthless party is about. Bohener should hide in daddy’s bar and never show his Koch sock puppet face again.

    • pepjrp


  • Parker Orfield

    But it OK for Democrats to fund raise on the Iraq war. Sounds like double standard. Democrats never miss a trick, that’s why they will be voted out in 2014 and 2016. Amen to that!

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