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Democrats yet to decide on Benghazi panel
May 9th, 2014
05:14 PM ET

Democrats yet to decide on Benghazi panel

Will it be a boycott or a chaperone?

House Democrats remained undecided Friday on whether they would join a select committee created by majority Republicans to investigate the Benghazi terror attack.

The chamber's Democratic leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, described a split in her caucus over the matter in remarks to reporters that lambasted Republicans for what she called a "political stunt," "subterfuge" and a "diversionary tactic."

Options under consideration include participating as a minority bloc, which Republicans have proposed; having a lone member take part to register disapproval but maintain a presence, or rejecting the entire process as a partisan witch hunt.

"The question is what are the terms under which Democrats can participate," Pelosi said, citing the need for her side to concur with any committee decision to issue subpoenas. FULL STORY.

At 6:30p ET, two Congressman are in the #Crossfire; Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) join Van Jones and S.E. Cupp to debate.

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  1. Andrew Nutra

    The GOP needs to appease its donors after failing to repeal Obamacare. This is just another talent show they're going to put up for the Koch Brothers and other donors. This will fail and once again it will be dropped by the GOP while looking for another "scandal" to bring up.

    May 12, 2014 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  2. rr

    Benghazi was and is a terrible tragedy. BUT if you believe the Republican’s are once again resurrecting Benghazi “to get at the truth” naïvety rules the day...

    May 12, 2014 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  3. Marty

    Let's be honest. How many investigations from the Dec. 7 1941 attack have not yet resolved that issue. Benghazi isn't going to get an answer. It is defend and protect in Washington.

    May 12, 2014 at 1:14 pm | Reply
    • Andrew Nutra

      The GOP would be willing to spend as much taxpayer's time and money as they want to get the truth that they like.

      May 12, 2014 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  4. Andrew Nutra

    How about a GOP Select Committee for immigration reform: something that will actually affect the lives of millions of Americans?

    May 12, 2014 at 10:24 am | Reply
  5. CALIFORNIA

    I hope they do protest it (although I bet they won't) because they would literally not have a say so in it.

    WHINE ALL YOU WANT DEMOCRATS. PLEASE DON'T BE PART OF THE COMMITTEE.

    May 12, 2014 at 12:11 am | Reply
    • Specifically

      Specifically, what do you think is being covered up?

      May 12, 2014 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  6. belinda

    I think this is a case, where Democrats, shouldn't give this panel of Clowns, the respect they clearly don't deserve, by participating in this Political Circus. Very expensive GOP theatrics. Political Fraud.

    May 11, 2014 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  7. Mike

    Fact 4 Americans died in a country with no government and no US troops on the ground. Thousands died under Bush except the American who died were surrounded by US troops. Yet the 4 dead is a republican crisis and the thousands who died under Bush nort a peep from republicans. Republicans have a moral clock issue..

    May 11, 2014 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  8. countingdown

    Dummy dems don't realize that they missed a golden opportunity! All they had to do was say (hah)! OK we willingly give the special select committee everything they want with no restrictions and the mean ole republicans will be embarrassed and we won't look like we are hiding something. However, if your hiding something, naturally you will do all you can to keep it hidden!

    May 10, 2014 at 10:41 pm | Reply
    • kurt

      They have.

      This has been investigated 7 times by GOP committees. The administration has given them everything they've asked for. They've provided documents. They've answered questions.

      The GOP just doesn't believe the answers.

      For example: One of Trey Gowdy's biggest questions: "Why were we still in Benghazi? The British ambassador was almost assassinated. Our facility was attacked twice. There were multiple episodes of violence. We were the last flag flying in Benghazi, and I would like to know why."

      The answer (providedy by Hillary Clinton in front of Congress in January of 2013): "I was aware of certain incidents at our facility and the attack on the British diplomat. I was briefed on steps taken to repair the breach in the perimeter wall after the June bombing, steps taken to reduce off-compound movements.

      Our team, led by security professionals, but also including intelligence professionals and others, did not recommend, based on those incidents, abandoning Benghazi. In part, because over the last years we have become accustomed to operating in dangerous places, in Pakistan, in Iraq - excuse me - in Afghanistan and Yemen and elsewhere. And we do, as by necessity, rely on security professionals to implement the protocols and procedures necessary to keep our people safe. "

      So the answer to that "big question" as to why we were still there... is that is what the job entails. We have embassies in dangerous places in order to handle dangerous situations with diplomacy. Now that answer may not be what the GOP wanted to hear... but the fact is she was asked and answered the question. Asking it AGAIN won't get a different answer.

      All of these questions have been asked and answered. The GOP may not LIKE the answers. They may not agree with them. But the investigations have all been done, the questions have been asked and the answers provided... and SEVEN reports have been written up about it.

      Why on earth would this time be any different?

      May 12, 2014 at 11:05 am | Reply
    • Specifically

      Specifically, what do you think is being covered up?

      May 12, 2014 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  9. Ron

    Democrats are ok with controlling the WH and the Senate and will tell you elections have consequences. But, the House is controlled by Republicans so they don't want to play? Typical politics and inconsistency by their side.

    May 9, 2014 at 10:09 pm | Reply
    • kurt

      SEVEN investigations have been completed by GOP led committees on Benghazi with final reports being issued.

      None of those found anything close to deliberate lying by the administration. The worst conclusions were "poor planning" or "not listening to the correct intelligence" and that "had the administration acted differently it might have been prevented".

      Keep in mind... that's from the GOP investigations.

      The fact is nothing more will come out regarding Benghazi after a year and a half and 7 investigations. All this panel will do is allow the GOP to keep bringing Benghazi up over and over and over for the next few elections and use the tragic events as a political tool... without actually doing anything to in any way help anyone about anything related to the events.

      May 10, 2014 at 9:47 pm | Reply
  10. 333maxwell

    All I know is if the GO(t)P spent HALF the time they have on 4 Dead Americans in Benghazi, on the hundreds of millions of living Americans here back home, we might have a comprehensive Jobs bill by now.

    Utterly obscene.

    What did they not get the first 8 investigations?

    Meet the new inve$tigation, same as the old inve$tigation.

    May 9, 2014 at 9:58 pm | Reply
    • Dan5404

      All these people must be amateurs from the ultra-right, trying to get their 15 minutes of notoriety. Never heard of any of them, and none of them will be remembered for anything except boring TV audiences, all of whom will be starsonly in their own minds and among the FOX propagandist anchors.

      May 10, 2014 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  11. Belinda James

    Republicans stupid as hell. No, No. No. And remember Republicans cut spending on Security and bought in Private security firms. So Cupp shut the heck up please. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/9577355/British-security-firm-facing-questions-over-role-in-Benghazi-attack.html

    May 9, 2014 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  12. jerron appleton

    I think the American people should get together and get rid of ALL of Congress house and senate. Americans go to work everyday and no matter if your a factory worker or office executive your job depends on getting the work done or get fired. Fire those idiots in Washington

    May 9, 2014 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  13. Belinda James

    Let us remind Ms. Cupp that the Republicans decided to privatize security and who was in charge of it. Dick Chaney and Halliburton-wow. So explain this honey bun dip stick. So who was in charge of all the lack of security-Republicans dip stick. How is this duplicate?

    May 9, 2014 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  14. Here's the answer

    ALL attacks on a US embassy are terrorist attacks. So were the attacks that happened MORE OFTEN and MORE DEADLY under Bush. IT'S A GIVEN!!!!!! Are the GOP just mad that we didn't start ANOTHER "unfunded/off-the-books" war? Maybe the GOP are just embarrassed that THEY cut funding for security. Witch hunt is the ANSWER.

    May 9, 2014 at 5:16 pm | Reply
    • CMML

      Please try and stick to facts instead of the partisan BS. Just about everything your wrote is factually incorrect – but then liberals have a hard time with facts – so let me help you out:

      The issue isn't the attack – it's the fact that an entire administration put the political future of the president ahead of the truth for the families of the dead and the rest of America.

      As for funding – You should read the report on Benghazi from the Department of State – where they admitted that it was State that chose not to provide the security necessary to protect Libya.

      Finally – you obviously don't understand how the budge works, but since Democrats control the WH and the Senate, it's them that determine how dollars are allocated.

      I realize the facts are inconvenient for you, but they are still facts.

      May 9, 2014 at 9:09 pm | Reply
      • Jonathan Wagner

        Fact, even before the investigation you stated that "it's the fact that an entire administration put the political future of the president ahead of the truth for the families of the dead and the rest of America."

        So apparently you also know the facts before they are discovered. Fact, the committee will not find anything of use and they are wasting tax payer dollars and time for an election tactic instead of actually talking about real issues.

        May 12, 2014 at 5:02 am |
      • Specifically

        Specifically, what do you think is being covered up?

        May 12, 2014 at 12:15 pm |

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