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February 6, 2016

New Benghazi Committee Amounts to ‘Full Neutering’ of Issa, Democrat Says

Crowley thinks the GOP is "fully neutering" Issa on Benghazi. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Crowley thinks the GOP is “fully neutering” Issa on Benghazi. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Joseph Crowley has a take on what the creation of the Benghazi Committee means for House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa — and his verb of choice is one that Bob Barker might approve of.

“This is the full neutering — a full neutering! — of Chairman Issa and his 16 months of work,” Crowley said Wednesday.

Crowley said Issa’s “neutering” was one of the stories being missed right now. (For the record, Roll Call wrote about Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer’s claim on Monday that the Benghazi Committee was a rebuke of Issa.) And Crowley said the American people are tired of the politics surrounding Benghazi.

“Nothing new will come of this,” he said of the investigation.

Crowley explained that there was no indication the select committee would act, or have any authority, different from Issa’s committee, and the New York Democrat openly wondered what the difference would be from earlier investigations into the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

“What assurances can the speaker give to these families,” Crowley asked, “that this will not become, once again, a political charade and a circus that far too many of these investigative committees have become: overly politicized, overly partisan, and without any regard for the families and the victims themselves and their memories?”

  • Derfallbright

    Lets face it, Congress is dysfunctional when it comes to dealing with reviews of things like Benghazi. There are 435 congressmen, each of them serve on various committees or various degrees of importance. Jurisdiction over various agencies of the government is split into many pieces. When events such as Benghazi occur each committee want their own piece of the pie. Some committees have higher levels of security clearance than others…..people in one commitee don’t know what has been learned by another committee down the hall.

    A single joint committee should have been formed from the very first day….the American people have seen a year wasted due to congressional bureaucracy.

    Why is this even important. If and this is a big if…..there is information that leads to officials in the White House attempting to conceal the truth about what actually lead to the death of four Americans in the closing days before a Presidential election…..then the American people, through our elected representatives need to send a clear and unambiguous message that such behavior will not be tolerated now or ever in the future no matter what party is in office.

    • Nick10

      The above is superficial. The Central Intelligence Agency (headed by General Patraeus} did not defend Benghazi when that agency was nearby. Nothing to do with Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, or Obama. The CIA did not defend Benghazi that they should have. Do your homework.

  • notyranny

    I smelled the skunk when Boehner agreed to do it. With his oversight and monitoring incoming facts before Gowdy gets them.., he will not get the facts – guaranteed.

    Boehner has complete control.. There could be much to hide.

    • mikem42

      Damn Boehner, Republican Speaker of the House gonna hide hideous factoids that would harm Democrats. Imagine. But, then again, why would he do that ?

  • Haley Schmitterbach

    Hussein Obama lied on June 28, 2012 when he claimed that Americans who already have health insurance would be able to keep it.

    • mikem42

      Eight million and counting. That’s why the R’s are back to Benghazi.

    • disqus_utLl9eTYrT

      You might as well give that one up. I was upset when the Supreme Court elected W president. It didn’t do me any good. That was over and done, just like the ACA is a done deal.

  • Raymon555

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  • stevenharnack

    It’s a dangerous world, sh*t happens. End of story.

    • mikem42

      Yeah, like who could ever imagine an attack on U.S. interests in Libya??

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