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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Leading Benghazi truther and U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) spent a year using his chairmanship on the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee to investigate and unearth what he and the GOP have long alleged is an administration cover-up of the September 2012 attack on a diplomatic post in Libya that claimed the lives of four Americans, including then-ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

On Wednesday, however, The Daily Beast revealed that the impassioned lawmaker felt less excited about the special select committee House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) formally announced on Friday.

When announcing the members who would serve on the select committee, Boehner notably did not mention Issa’s name. Other conservatives who did not make the cut include House Intelligence Chair Mike Rogers (MI) and House Armed Services Chair Buck McKeon (CA) – both top Benghazi truthers who do not support Boehner’s decision to form the committee.

For Issa and other Republicans in leadership positions in the House, the reason for their opposition is political: If the new select committee exposes wrongdoing or a cover-up related to Benghazi, they evidently fear that would undermine the unsuccessful year-long investigations they conducted. For Issa, this fear overrides the committee’s potential to publicize the “conspiracy” that he and others have so desperately pursued.

In his opposition to the committee, however, Issa actually accentuates Democrats’ claims that the GOP was never truly concerned with the deaths in Benghazi, but rather used the event to advance its political agenda.

“This [select] committee in many ways will be checking their work. No one likes that,” says Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), referencing the work done by Issa, Rogers, and McKeon, according to The Daily Beast.

Meanwhile, Boehner’s sudden ardent support for the committee – which he insists “is about getting answers for the families of the victims and for the American people” – that he once opposed provides additional evidence that the Benghazi tragedy now serves merely as the right’s favorite political instrument. The timing of the committee – just months before the 2014 midterm elections – follows weeks of good news for President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and a silent acknowledgment within the GOP that the time has come to back off the health care fight.

Worse for the deeply divided GOP is the likelihood that the select committee’s findings will portray at least some Republicans in an unflattering light. If the committee does find evidence that the State Department — then under the leadership of Hillary Clinton – committed some sort of wrongdoing in its handling of the 2012 attack, House committees led by veteran conservative lawmakers will be upstaged in the eyes of the public. But if the committee does not find evidence of any wrongdoing, then Republicans will confirm what Democrats and the Obama administration has maintained all along: Benghazi was a diplomatic tragedy, not some GOP-fabricated liberal conspiracy.

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  • Sand_Cat

    Actually, it was in fact a “GOP-fabricated conspiracy.”

    • MVH1

      You’re right, the conspiracy is amongst the goppers conspiring to turn this into a political moment for themselves. Nothing more. Unless, of course, they would like to include embassies attacked and diplomats and staff killed under Bush, which might surprise many was substantially more than this. Sad as this is, Republicans also have a hand in it.

      • Duckbudder

        June 14, 2002, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan

        Suicide bomber kills 12 and injures 51.

        February 20, 2003, international diplomatic compound in Riyadh,
        Saudi Arabia

        Truck bomb kills 17.

        February 28, 2003, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan

        Gunmen on motorcycles killed two consulate guards.

        July 30, 2004, U.S. embassy in Taskkent, Uzbekistan

        Suicide bomber kills two.

        December 6, 2004, U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

        Militants stormed and occupied perimeter wall. Five killed, 10

        March 2, 2006, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan

        Suicide car bomber killed four, including a U.S. diplomate
        directly targeted by the assailants.

        September 12, 2006, U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syria

        Gunmen attacked embassy with grenades, automatic weapons, and a
        car bomb (though second truck bomb failed to detonate). One killed and 13

        January 12, 2007, U.S. embassy in Athens, Greece

        A rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the embassy building. No
        one was injured.

        July 9, 2008, U.S. consulate in Istanbul, Turkey

        Armed men attacked consulate with pistols and shotguns. Three
        policemen killed.

        March 18, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana’a, Yemen

        Mortar attack misses embassy, hits nearby girls’ school instead.

        September 17, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana’a, Yemen

        Militants dressed as policemen attacked the embassy with RPGs,
        rifles, grenades and car bombs. Six Yemeni soldiers and seven civilians were
        killed. Sixteen more were injured.

        (from a DailyKOS post)

        • MVH1

          Much obliged.

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    And he really isn’t thrilled that this committee may show his committee pretty much wasted US Dollars in his witch hunt!

  • latebloomingrandma

    Maybe Issa should just go back to his real job—you know, representing the people in his district instead of wasting their money. But I’ll bet they re-elect him.

    • MVH1

      He has raised more than $2 million with his faux investigations and conspiracy theories and mistreatment of well-respected colleagues. Congress is a viper pit.

    • elw

      I live in his district and he has got millions to use for a campaign and the democrats running against have just in the 10s of thousands. He has name recognition while they do not. However, the last time he ran he won by only 5% – the lowest percentage in his history of running. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that even this very conservative district is getting tire of the joke he is making of himself.

      • Irishgrammy

        Am a Native Californian, and have had to listen to this completely dishonest, corrupt, grand standing attention seeker for far too many years!!! I do not live in his district thankfully, but do know it well, a wealthy conservative enclave for the most part, so am not sure he will loose his election….. but hope springs eternal and I would suggest the Democratic party find an outstanding candidate and back him/her with the loads of cash now needed to fight back and get rid of Issa once and for all, make it a mission to accomplish……am hoping “Real Time with Bill Maher” has Issa on his list of candidates to “Flip a District” competition….oh sweet justice, Issa has been a guest on his show several times over the past years and Issa is always good for a fawning, pathetic display of craving the limelight and camera time. Last time he was on this season, he got a very cold welcome, even Bill seemed put off by him………..cross your fingers and hope the country will be rid of Issa soon.

        • elw

          Actually the area I live in, is more a military town. North San Diego County is mostly Middle Class. As I understand it the legislature changed the boundaries of his district which is one of the reasons he won by such a low margin in 2012. So maybe that and a little good luck will do the trick in November. I am also wishing for a 47% remark from Issa to help it along.

          • Allan Richardson

            Historically, the military votes conservative due to ideology, but they are also intelligent people, and with Republicans trying to cut them out of benefits, cut the availability of PX/Commissary shopping, and deprive them of VA benefits after serving, not to mention finding out they were deployed unnecessarily to many wars in the first place, that may change.

          • elw

            Yes that is true, but this area has been becoming more blue Lots of young families moving in.

  • dmhlt_66

    From the post: “If the new select committee exposes wrongdoing or a cover-up related to Benghazi, they evidently fear that would undermine the unsuccessful year-long investigations they conducted. For Issa, this fear overrides the committee’s potential”

    Besides, I thought ALL Rethuglicans knew that “Crazed Witch Hunts” are Issa’s turf.

    He’s got a Brand to protect.

    • MVH1

      And has found another way to make basically dishonest money. His fundraising has gone into the stratosphere from the other goppers who believe all the nut stories he provides.

  • MVH1

    When Tim Huelskamp is discomfited by something, it’s always a good day.

  • Siegfried Heydrich

    This is what you get when you’ve got nothing. The GOP is down to bedrock now, they can’t dig any further, and the hole is far too deep for them to climb out of.

  • Grannysmovin

    Issa and friends, how is that slap in the face from your fearless leader of the Good Ole Boys Club? Not such a Good Ole Boys Club when your on the outside looking in.

  • elw

    1. The new committee will not find anything more than the old committees did.
    2. This is just a move to change the subject from Obamacare to anything else.
    3. Why would anyone in their right mind put Darrel Issa on any committee.
    4. Nothing they do will hurt Democrats and everything they do will hurt the GOP – they are just too blinded by their egos to see that.

  • Sand_Cat

    C’mon, Issa! They need another cast of delusional wing nuts this time around, preferably without criminal records of their own. Not that anyone with any brains will believe them, either.

  • JDavidS

    Issa, as far as I’m concerned, is in the same group as Lyin’ Ryan. Someone who’d have a great deal of difficulty putting together a two piece jig-saw puzzle. The fact that either one of them sits on ANY committee, much less is chairman, doesn’t inspire much confidence.

  • Pamby50

    I just saw that Lindsey Graham has joined the clown car. He thinks that Secretary Clinton was in poor health at the time of the Bengahzi attack, therefore she is responsible.

    • Steve Batchelor

      Graham is the owner along with Boehner of the clown car…They got on years ago and will never relinquish their seats….Got to be the biggest car in history!

  • Steve Batchelor

    The “Right Wing” is all about the “truth”…The problem stems from what they perceive as the truth and what the truth really is is always on opposite ends of the spectrum…If the truth hit a Republican in the head he wouldn’t even feel it.

  • midway54

    This pompous, intolerant hack surely had visions of morphing into chairman of essentially a new House Committee on Un-American Activities as the crazed rightwing hunting party continued, hopefully to find grounds to label Democrats in general and especially those proximate to the cause of the Benghazi tragedy as engaging in what Issa would trumpet as un-American conduct. Now comes a new gang with the same objective: Issa must be crushed and humiliated over this development.

  • Lynda Groom

    He’s had over a year on stage one and has yet to produce the goods. His party is starting up the new theater company without him and he is irrelevant, which comes as no surprise to those of us from California.