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February 12, 2016

Pelosi: Democrats Want Shared Control of Gowdy’s Benghazi Panel

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Pelosi. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Tuesday that Democrats should be represented, in equal numbers with Republicans, on the yet-to-be-formed House select committee called for last week by Speaker John A. Boehner to look into Benghazi.

“If this review is to be fair, it must be truly bipartisan,” the California Democrat said in her statement. “The panel should be equally divided between Democrats and Republicans as is done on the House Ethics Committee. It should require that witnesses are called and interviewed, subpoenas are issued, and information is shared on a bipartisan basis. Only then could it be fair.”

Some Democrats have dismissed the committee, which Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Monday would be headed by South Carolina Republican Trey Gowdy, a former prosecutor, as a political stunt and have suggested boycotting the panel. 

Early reaction from Republicans to Pelosi’s request was skeptical. On Twitter, Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck noted that Pelosi’s 2007 select committee on climate change was 9-6 Democrat.

On Monday, in an appearance on MSNBC, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, said there has been talk of boycotting the panel.

“That’s certainly an option. Because again, this is a political witch hunt. The question will be whether it makes sense to have, you know, Democrats in those seats countering this political witch hunt, or to try and make it clear through their absence that this is just a political charade,” the Maryland Democrat said.

“So, let’s first see what Republicans actually propose in terms of the shape of this committee, how many members, what the rules will be, and then we can reach the kind of judgment that you’re asking about.”


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  • TycheSD

    Democrats don’t need to wait to see the outlines of what committee is going to do. They should boycott it now.

  • Brenda Huddleston

    If Dems boycott the committee then they should have nothing to say about the outcome. They cannot say the Reps kept them from having a say so in the outcome. They will not prove anything by boycotting.

  • dmacid

    All of a sudden she want’s included. She’s fought the GOP on everything. I think she’s afraid of what they’ll find and wants a position to fight what Trey Gowdy is doing. A method to her demands. How can the Dems boycott and still be included?
    Don’t trust her —she has an agenda that won’t be good for anyone but this administrations lies.

  • Liberty

    It’s official. Pelosi thinks even less of her fellow dems than I do since she believes the truth would be smothered if she’s gets her pick of the litter. What if a dem that hadn’t been vetted, that is the rare one with ethics, actually made it on the panel? What then?

    • StillWatching2

      I am not worried about that….(snicker!)

  • Liberty

    Pelosi, let us explain to you one more time. You don’t get to vote whether it’s true or not. There is true. There is false. There is black. There is white. We are not talking the definition of “IT” here.

  • Thomas Aquinas

    Today’s liberalism is impelled by the same destructive forces as its marxist, socialist, and communist ancestors.

  • StillWatching2

    Fair! And Equal! Like the vote on Healthcare… Or most of the ‘budgeting’ they ‘pass’…. WHat’s she afraid of? Joe Biden fore President in 2015/

  • Roberth

    People In Hell Want Ice Water

  • Seacop

    Do not allow Pelosi to demand the terms of this investigation. They must participate. However, they have lost their ability to be objective in this investigation so no as it pertains to a leadership role.

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