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February 4, 2016

Pelosi Defends Clinton, Does Not Yet Endorse


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 17 - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., updates reporters on Democratic reaction to the bipartisan $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, December 16, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Prlosi defended Clinton from GOP attacks Thursday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday defended Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton from attacks on her record from Republicans, but stopped short of an endorsement.

“Not right here now in this room, no,” said the California Democrat when asked if she was endorsing the former secretary of State for the White House.

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November 23, 2015

Staffer Lawsuit Hits Benghazi Committee, Gowdy


Gowdy and the Benghazi Committee have been hit with a lawsuit alleging mistreatment by a fired staffer. (Tom WIlliams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Gowdy and the Benghazi Committee have been hit with a lawsuit alleging mistreatment by a fired staffer. (Tom WIlliams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:30 p.m. | Former staffer Bradley F. Podliska filed a lawsuit on Monday against the House Select Committee on Benghazi for unlawful termination and against its chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., for defamation.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, argues that Podliska was unlawfully fired by the committee in June 2015 following months of hostility against him because he took leave from his job to fulfill his obligations as an intelligence officer in the Air Force Reserve. It asks that Podliska be reinstated “into a position at the level of seniority, status, and pay that he would have enjoyed had the Benghazi Committee neither discriminated nor retaliated against him” and that he be compensated for lost pay and benefits in addition to damages. Full story

By Lindsey McPherson Posted at 2:18 p.m.
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October 22, 2015

Clinton Evades GOP Blows in Benghazi Hearing (Video)


UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 22 - Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Clinton is being investigated by a Republican-led committee on the deadly 2012 Benghazi, Libya attacks. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans tried to paint Clinton as either out of the loop about Benghazi or unresponsive to calls to add security at U.S. facilities. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

 

Updated 6:19 p.m. | Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton appears headed back to the campaign trail politically unscathed, after being peppered for hours by Republicans with questions about the deadly Benghazi attacks.

In fact, Republicans’ lack of any hard evidence linking the former secretary of State directly to the department’s admitted missteps before and during the terrorist strikes that killed four Americans could give Clinton new campaign-messaging fodder.

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Watch Live: Hillary Clinton Testifies Before Benghazi Committee


Former secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton will testify Thursday before the House Select Committee on Benghazi about the events surrounding the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Coverage begins at 10 a.m. Full story

October 21, 2015

Clinton Ready for Showdown on Benghazi (Video)


UNITED STATES - JANUARY 23: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the September 11th attacks against the U.S. mission in Benghazi on  Wednesday morning, January 23, 2013. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Clinton testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Benghazi attacks in January 2013. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Eighteen months after outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner charged him with holding the Obama administration’s feet to the fire about the attacks in September 2012 that claimed the lives of four Americans in Libya, Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy finally gets to grill former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton about the diplomatic catastrophe.

The conservative firebrand and the former first lady cross paths at career-defining times for both.

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Senate Democrats Demand RNC Pay for Benghazi Probe


UNITED STATES - JANUARY 23: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the September 11th attacks against the U.S. mission in Benghazi on  Wednesday morning, January 23, 2013. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Clinton testified during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Benghazi attacks on Jan. 23, 2013. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Democrats want the Republican National Committee to pick up the tab for the House investigation into the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

“We write today to demand that the Republican National Committee reimburse the federal taxpayer for the costs incurred by the Select Committee on Benghazi. Over the past several weeks, several House Republicans have made clear what many observers have suspected all along: that the Select Committee has conducted a political inquisition aimed at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,” the four top Senate Democrats wrote.

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October 18, 2015

Gowdy: Republicans Not on Benghazi Panel Should ‘Shut Up’


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Gowdy and Cummings both appeared on CBS. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If you’re not on the Benghazi panel, Chairman Trey Gowdy said Sunday, shut up — and that includes fellow Republicans.

In an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” the South Carolina Republican and former federal prosecutor brushed aside assertions that the panel charged with investigating the 2012 terror attack has lost credibility in the wake of a string of embarrassing comments — from a gaffe on the part of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to speculation by New York Republican Richard Hanna to the explosive allegations from a former GOP Benghazi staffer. Full story

October 17, 2015

Survey Shows Skepticism of Benghazi Committee Motives


Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton makes a statement to the press on the Iran nuclear deal following her meeting with House Democrats during their weekly caucus meeting in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, July 14, 2015. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Clinton will testify on Oct. 22 to a panel that 30 percent of poll respondents think is politically motivated. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Roughly half of Republicans think Congress is seriously interested in finding out the truth about the Benghazi attacks, according to a recent Economist Group/YouGov Poll.

Only 49 percent of GOP respondents agreed that the 17-month investigation into events surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 assault on the U.S. diplomatic consulate in Libya represents a “mostly serious attempt to find out what really happened.”

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By Hannah Hess Posted at 1:18 p.m.
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October 15, 2015

Amid GOP Criticism, Gowdy Defends Benghazi Investigation


UNITED STATES - October 1: Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., walks through the rain to his car after final votes in the House of Representatives outside of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Gowdy again defended the Benghazi Committee. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy is on the offensive after a series of inartful comments from Republicans has produced a rocky lead-up to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s testimony before his special select committee next week.

After adopting a “tune it out” media strategy in response to recent questions on the true intent of the Benghazi investigation, Gowdy pivoted Thursday to directly respond to offhand accusations from Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., that Republicans are out to get Clinton. Full story

Republican: Going After Clinton Was ‘Big Part’ of Benghazi Probe


 Hanna, R-N.Y., attends a Joint Economic Committee hearing in Hart Building titled "The Fed at 100: Can Monetary Policy Close the Growth Gap and Promote a Sound Dollar." (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Hanna adds fuel to the Benghazi Committee fire. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Richard Hanna, a moderate, pro-abortion rights Republican from New York, is already something of an outlier in the House Republican Conference.

He might have just gotten himself a little bit more estranged. Full story

October 11, 2015

Gowdy: Fired Benghazi Staffer ‘Never Mentioned’ Clinton Before Friday (Video)


Gowdy and Cummings don't see eye to eye on the House Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Gowdy, left, and Cummings, right, don’t see eye to eye on the House Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, hit back Sunday at a former committee staffer who said he was fired for not cooperating with the panel’s focus on former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s actions in response to the 2012 terrorist attack.

“Until his Friday conversations with media, this staffer has never mentioned Secretary Clinton as a cause of his termination, and he did not cite Clinton’s name in a legally mandated mediation,” the South Carolina Republican said in a written statement. “He also has not produced documentary proof that in the time before his termination he was directed to focus on Clinton.” Full story

By Gillian Roberts Posted at 4:53 p.m.
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October 8, 2015

Pelosi: Members’ Choice Whether to Quit Benghazi Committee (Video)


Pelosi said Thursday it's up to the Democrats on the panel to decide whether to continue on the Benghazi Committee.(Tom Williams/CQ Roll)

Pelosi said Thursday it’s up to the Democrats on the panel to decide whether to continue on the Benghazi Committee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll)

House Republicans are still doing crisis management after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy suggested the Select Committee on Benghazi helped sink Hillary Rodham Clinton’s poll numbers and Democrats are still beating the drum about that rhetorical flap.

As GOP lawmakers were about head into a special conference meeting Thursday to nominate Speaker John A. Boehner’s successor, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi signaled it wasn’t outside the realm of possibility that Democrats on the Benghazi panel might call it quits. Full story

October 7, 2015

House GOP Looks Outside for Advice on Planned Parenthood Panel


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Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, is questioned by Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republicans insist their new committee to investigate Planned Parenthood won’t be political.

But lawmakers and aides on both sides of the aisle are raising eyebrows at the optics of GOP leaders soliciting buy-in from outside groups as they make decisions about which members will sit on the special committee. Full story

By Emma Dumain Posted at 6:51 p.m.
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Grayson Files Benghazi Ethics Complaint Against McCarthy, Gowdy (Updated)


Updated 9:31 a.m. | Florida Democrat Alan Grayson filed an ethics complaint Wednesday against House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., alleging they violated federal law and House rules by using official funds appropriated to the Benghazi Committee to pay political or campaign-related expenses.

“This represents the new McCarthyism — the misuse of [official] funds for political purposes to vilify a political opponent,” Grayson told CQ Roll Call. He said the House Select Committee on Benghazi, chaired by Gowdy, is an “effort to embarrass” Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton. Full story

October 6, 2015

Murky Ethics Rules on McCarthy’s Benghazi Comments


McCarthy, R-Calif., listens as other House GOP leaders speak to reporters following the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

McCarthy may face an ethics complaint. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Filing an ethics complaint against Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy over the House Benghazi committee — an idea making the rounds among Capitol Hill Democrats — could ease some pressure on Hillary Rodham Clinton.

But proving McCarthy ran afoul of House rules will likely take a lot more than his Sept. 29 comments on Fox News — including witnesses or documents that back up Democrats’ repeated assertions that the 17-month Benghazi probe is little more than a GOP attempt to smear the Democratic Party’s presidential front-runner. Full story

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