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February 12, 2016

DNC Chairwoman: Benghazi Committee ‘Political Ploy’

Wasserman Schultz is a Democrat from Florida. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Wednesday accused House Republicans of creating a select investigative committee on the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, solely to motivate their base to turn out in the November midterm elections.

“Let’s call this what it is — it is nothing more than a political ploy because continuing to focus obsessively on repealing the Affordable Care Act has lost its luster, even among their own party members,” the Florida lawmaker said at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

Republicans selected Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., to lead the committee and gave their party seven slots on the 12-member panel, to just five for Democrats. House Democratic leaders sent a letter to Speaker John A. Boehner Tuesday night urging him to reconsider the committee’s partisan split.

Wasserman Schultz said she agrees with the request from Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., and believes they “should seriously consider not participating if the process is not going to be fair.”

If House Republicans “want to ensure that the investigation — which, like I said, I believe is really just an election-year turnout operation for their base — if they want to make sure it’s fair, there is no reason to reject the leader’s request to have the committee be evenly split.”

In response, Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski said, “Republicans want answers from a White House that spent more time politicizing this issue than trying to figure out how Americans died.”

The chairwoman pointed to the special election in Florida’s 13th District — which in the immediate aftermath served as a red flag for Democrats already concerned about turnout in November — as an example of the GOP’s own turnout issues, saying Republicans should have “run away” with the open-seat race.

Despite polling showing a challenging climate for Democrats, she said the party is headed for a successful midterm cycle, particularly when looking at the races individually, rather than at a macro level.

“We’re looking forward to the midterms,” Wasserman Schultz said, citing some gubernatorial opportunities in Pennsylvania, Florida and Maine. “We have opportunities in the Senate in Georgia and Kentucky, and keep a close eye on Mississippi. When it comes to our incumbent senators, the Republicans and pundits are pointing to some of the vulnerable incumbents — these are challenging races, but we have incumbent members who have their finger on the pulse of their constituencies, know the people that they represent, and I think we’ll be successful in November.”

  • Susie Jones

    and the Dems have never done anything that is politically motivated. I am so not a fan of Ms. Wasserman Schultz. She is always politically motivated….

  • Wuthie

    Most people that follows politics know this is politically motivated.
    They aren’t looking for answers of who did this or how to make sure this
    doesn’t happen again. They are politicizing the deaths of four people to make themselves look like they care.

    Susie, Everybody in politics are politically motivated.

  • DILKe

    Kunt with a capital C. She’s a pro at making EVERYTHING turn political…

  • Gregory Williams

    FLAGGED and you know why.

  • DILKe

    So you agree with “What difference does it make?”

    Just dead Americans, who cares. Even if CAI and State Dept. were trying to buy back surface-to-air shouldered fired missiles from the “Rebels”

    You people are not better than lemmings…off the cliff you go….

  • DILKe

    F-off dikchead

  • Wuthie

    YES!! I do agree with ” What difference does it make NOW?”

    You tell me what difference it makes to who said what, when? Does it change the fact that four people were killed by a mob group that got out of hand or a group of Al Qaeda terrorist. The fact remains that four people were killed.

    It doesn’t matter who killed them it matters that we find them and bring them to justice. This panel isn’t trying to do that, and if you believe they are , I have this bridge I can sell you for real cheap.

    What to you mean by ” you people”? Do you think you are something special? If you do, you’re not any better than anyone else in this world.

  • Dutch6

    The regrettable aspect of your comment is that you really believe it. Four Americans died…they were murdered on American soil by ARMED TERRORISTS. The refrain that is is “yesterdays news” is the most demeaning and condescending commentary that demonstrates the disdain that some in the political spectrum have for those in the real world that have to pay the price for the actions. Ignoring the truth GUARANTEES that this will happen again because nothing has changed.
    I for one….and I do not believe I am alone…want to know WHO was responsible, WHO in the chain of command knew and WHY were Americans left to hang out and dry.
    In the military the element …absent in the nether regions of the Beltway… that insures people will willingly go into harms way is that they know that their people will never abandon them. Every American serving in a representative capacity abroad deserves that same assurance. You have a disdain for politicians- Wasserman-Goodman is accusing Republicans of “politicizing”this to get out their base in November. if that is what she would do and is her rationale for ignoring the facts…then hopefully the voters see fit to clean house in November because if “politicizing” this is the only way the American public gets answers then so be it.

  • Wuthie

    I’ll tell you WHO was responsible for the death of four Americans. They were TERRORIST. Do you want to spend time finding the TERRORIST that did it, OR maybe some American to blame it on?

    They went through this two years ago and we DID make changes so something like this wouldn’t happen again.

    This new investigation isn’t about finding out what happened or how we can make sure nothing like this happens again. This investigation is about why they didn’t get an e-mail the Judicial Watch got through the FOIA . The reason for that is that it wasn’t part of their request. All that e-mail is about is what Susan Rice should say in her tv appearance. If it was something to hide do you really think JW would get it through a simple FOIA?

    What facts are Wasserman-Goodman ignoring? They have 25,000 pages of documents, they have testimonies under oath, they found mistakes and made changes.

    This is nothing more than POLITICS and nothing else is going to be found. They just want to keep the base agitated and that is easy to do.

  • Jack Everett

    It didn’t make any difference to republicans when they cut embassy security funding.


    Yes, the terrorists are responsible. And Obama threw the first amendment under the bus when he had a hack video producer jailed. And Obama still hasn’t “found” the people responsible even though they did a TV interview.

    Now go celebrate the most transparent administration in US history.

  • HeWhoIs

    Lies from the administration from the very beginning to prevent O from looking bad during a crucial time in the campaign process. Talk about a fair process – was it fair when Obamacare was forced on the American people when not a single republican voted for it. Don’t talk about fairness. There is none. The good news is now the dems won’t be able to stonewall the investigation as easily. Ha ha ha.

  • Wuthie

    So what does that have ANYTHING to do with this special investigation on Benghazi and the POLITICS behind it.

    That’s what you come up with? I could reply Bush never did find bin Laden but Obama did.

    Go back to sleep.

  • Wuthie

    They just kind of side stepped that one.

  • Dutch6

    “Teabagger sock puppets”
    Just out of curiosity…. can a Liberal ever make a comment or enter into a discussion without vulgarity or ad hominem attacks?


    Why don’t you wake up?

  • Wuthie

    Very intelligent come back.

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