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House Democrats Will Stay On Benghazi Committee

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House Democrats Will Stay On Benghazi Committee


WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The Democratic members of the House of Representatives Benghazi Select Committee said on Friday they thought the panel should be shut down, but would continue to participate if it were not.

“After yesterday’s 11-hour hearing, there can be no remaining doubt that the Benghazi Select Committee is a taxpayer-funded fishing expedition to derail Secretary Clinton’s presidential campaign,” the five Democrats said in a statement.

They said they met with Nancy Pelosi, who leads the Democrats in the House, on Friday, and then called on the Republican House speaker, John Boehner, to shut down the committee.

But, they added: “If the Speaker rejects our request, Democrats will continue to participate at this point in order to make sure the facts are known and the conspiracy theories are debunked.”

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who was U.S. Secretary of State at the time of the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Libya, passed a tough political test on Thursday, calmly deflecting harsh Republican criticism of her handling of the incident during a testy 11-hour hearing in Congress.

The Democrats on the panel had said they would discuss whether to resign after Clinton testified. Democrats have criticized the panel as an expensive, time-consuming project bent on hurting Clinton’s 2016 presidential aspirations.

Republicans say the purpose of the panel is to thoroughly investigate the incident, which killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

The Democratic members of the committee are U.S. Representatives Elijah Cummings, the ranking member, Adam Smith, Adam Schiff, Linda Sanchez and Tammy Duckworth.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle)

Photo: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) after concluding her first round of testimony in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, on Capitol Hill in Washington October 22, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst



  1. bikejedi October 24, 2015

    What we know so far from Hillarys testimony is that she is a pathological liar. She told her family the truth she told others the truth then she lied to the world to excuse and shift blame away from her and Obama. It got more appalling when she purposefully lied to the families over the caskets of their loved ones. I never thought they would find anything criminally actionable in this investigation just abhorrent behavior from Hillary and that is not surprising. The fact that she also ignored over 600 request for more security is very telling. She is totally unfit to be commander in chief. Also if this is what were cleaning from the emails that she didn’t wipe like with a cloth what will we find out if the FBI is able to retrieve the one she did wipe like with a cloth . Liberals are calling this a witch hunt well the witch part is totally accurate. Why oh why won’t Biden run ???? Even I might consider him as a candidate

    1. jmprint October 24, 2015

      “She is totally unfit to be commander in chief.” You are wrong again bikejedi. She is the ONLY one, out of ALL the candidates with the experience and tenacity to lead this country. You don’t and can’t see this because like most republicans they do not want to hear the truth. She didn’t lie, go back and read her response on FactCheck. Biden didn’t run, because he is a smart man, he knows Hilary is the better candidate. And yes the sorcerers were out to get that gotcha moment, but there isn’t one to be had.

      1. bikejedi October 24, 2015

        Being married to a misogynist President doesn’t qualify her to be POTUS anymore than being married to Tom Brady qualifies Giselle to deflate Footballs . She has failed and quit every job she has ever held that she wasn’t fired from …The ones she was fired from she was fired for gross negligence lying and being lazy.. Her time as Sec State has seen the Muslim Brotherhood installed by her and Obama in Egypt ..Then the people threw those radical Muslim Terrorists out ..It has seen Obama and Hillary overthrow Qaddafi when he was trying to become part of the World Community and has seen radical Islamic groups take over there ..It has seen the growth of Muslim Terrorist groups in most of Northern Africa .It has seen the original people’s uprising in Iran go unsupported ..That one would’ve overthrown the Mullahs there and we would probably have a peaceful Democracy there . It has seen a Nuclear deal that not only ensures radical Muslims intent on killing us will get their Nuke but also funds it ..That one puts the whole world in jeopardy . It has seen the original people’s uprising in Syria go unsupported . If we had supported them Assad would probably be gone and a moderat government in place. But that isn’t what they wanted is it ? Seems they want radical id lam installed there as well ..Hillary and Obama waited until the situation devolved there and now you have Hillary and Obama siding with Al Qaeda Terrorists fighting Assad .All that because Obama got his nuts er red line stepped on …Hillary and Obama watched as Putin went right into the Ukraine as Romney and Palin predicted …Seems they both know more about Foreign Policy than either Hillary or Obama .. Remember when Liberals all laughed at how clever Obama was in that debate …lol …no seriously lol … Couple all that with Hillary’s despicable lying and she is only qualified for Prison . We can only hope the FBI is successful in retrieving the emails Hillary wiped from that server like with a cloth or something …Anyone supporting her just out of Party loyalty obviously cares nothing for this Country only that you want to win just so you can gloat ..Don’t you care about your children’s future ? I mean that Iran Nuclear deal probably means the whole world has no future ?

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        1. jmprint October 24, 2015

          Being married to an ex President is not a reason I mentioned. She didn’t fail, didn’t you quit your job, oh you are the one that couldn’t get a job, never mind. You are just a HATER it is plain and simple and more obvious then you will ever know. You do not care about this country, you care about preserving your white supremacy ilk. You don’t fool anyone but yourself. How many attacks on our land have we had under President Obama’s watch? How many under Bush’s?

          1. bikejedi October 24, 2015

            Yes but most mention she was First Lady as a qualification simply because she has none . She most certainly has failed at every job she has had …She was fired from Watergate she quit as Senator after being a rubber stamp …I don’t thi nk anyone sane could make a case that her stint as Secretary of State has been anything but an epic failure but maybe Obama should share some of that blame as he would be steering that ship wreck with her . Me , I never had to quit a job . . I’m not a Hater as I’m not the final judge but to me Hillary’s actions are deplorable ..Let me ask you if you could support someone for President who would lie to the families over their caskets when she knew the truth ? I mean if I were a Dem voter I would switch to Sanders but he is just as deplorable with his views on women wanting to be gang raped …I can look past that as that was when he was like 32 I think . And no I don’t worry about preserving any White Supremacy but I also am proud to be White and feel no White guilt what so ever . I care deeply about this Country’s future or I wouldn’t be on this site seeing how the other side thinks and why .. As I’ve stated in the past I hate no one I have dated Black women and currently live with a Mexican . I have Muslim friends and have had them as borders in my home . So none of your projections apply to me . Under Bush we had one attack and then he kept the Country safe ..Under Obama I know of 3 Muslim Terrorist atracks off the top of my head ..Ft Hood which he lies about and calls workplace violence… Boston and Chatanooga …I believe two of those were unpreventable or unforseen while we knew the Tzarnov’s were Terrorists from jump and they still let them in …By the way that should be a cautionary tale for anyone thinking we should invite those Syrian refugees here when Europe is already finding elements of ISIS embedded with them .
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          2. jmprint October 25, 2015

            To take to extreme something that was said or not said is pathetic at best. The past investigation already showed that the administration did poorly, recommendations were made and implemented. Clinton already said she takes the blame. But the witch hunt was to prove that Hilary actually had anything to do with suppressing help that very day of the terrorist attack and it has been proven over and over that she did not. So please call of the hoods.

          3. bikejedi October 25, 2015

            I don’t think the families of those who died appreciate that she lied to them and then after testifying she was high giving aids. Satan is beaming

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          4. jmprint October 25, 2015

            Really Nichols did more damage under Bush.

    2. latebloomingrandma October 24, 2015

      Did you even listen to the testimony? If so, you would have gotten the answer to the questions regarding security requests. During the hearing, I commented to my husband that I wondered if Trump or Carson would understand any of this. His comment was that this hearing was probably over the head of most Republican viewers. Your comments show that..

      1. bikejedi October 24, 2015

        Thank You for immediately trying to insult someone ..it is typical of Liberals …Also you are wrong on everything you post ..Yes I watched the whole ” Bloody “thing . Hillary was caught in lies almost immediately …Her emails ..you know the ones she hadn’t wiped like with a cloth show she knew it was a Muslim Terrorist attack from jump ..Yet she made up a You Tube story she knew would fly with her supporters because Gruber is right …Her supporters are stupid ..The rest of the World laughed as Obama Hillary and Rice all lied about You Tube …Things got real when she showed her utter contempt and lack of respect to those who died when she continued to lie right in front of their caskets in front of their loved ones …Anyone who would back someone so dispicable must have no morals or ethics just like her . She doesn’t have the makeup to be POTUS . By the way both Trump and Carson would never had lied about an incident like this …They don’t worry about the sensitivities or being respectful to Muslim Terrorists who would attack us …They would’ve called it a Muslim Terrorist attack and sent Force Recon in to deal with them ..That is what is over your head …Granny are suffering from dementia …I ask not to insult only because your posts are so uninformed that I worry about you .

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  2. Eleanore Whitaker October 24, 2015

    What I know of a biker like you is that your butt is shoved so far into your Mr. Macho brain that you can’t tell truth and facts. There was not one single thing Hillary said that a dipshit like you can’t understand. First…Libya would not allow diplomats any military security. But a dipshit like you expected Hillary to disobey hostile foreign protocol so we could send your butt to Libya to tell the Libyans that our diplomats will be protected everywhere in Libya they go by our military. Get a life loser.

    Second, Those diplomats were housed in Tripoli, not Benghazi. There is NO US embassy in Benghazi dipshit. It’s in Tripoli….got that? Pissbrain?

    Third, You’d better try lying to your idiot wife and Mommy because your lies are not provable by your jerkoff attack dogs who are in violation of the Constitutional oath they swore to.

    Last of all, Why the hell wasn’t Condi Rice, who as Secy of State, was condemned by the 9/11 Commission for ignoring all the warnings of the prior 6 months of the attack on 9/11? Why the hell wasn’t she, Bush and Cheney thrown in jail? That 9/11 investigation committee was headed by your own Republican, Tom Kean.

    You little boys with little ball need your asses all reddened by your McMommies. Grow the hell up. Your posts are nothing but a pack of right wing lies. Is that all you wingers know best? lying?

    1. Dominick Vila October 25, 2015

      The ignorance that is apparent in the arguments we hear from most Republicans is not even worth a response. You are 100% correct in your assessment. I had the opportunity to visit U.S. Embassies and Consulates during my 30 year stay overseas. Security is provided by the host country. The small Marine detail at our Embassies, which as you pointed out are in the capital cities of the countries we have diplomatic relations with, are mostly for demonstration of power during official events. Needless to say, we also have CIA agents and other security elements passing as diplomats, but they are small in numbers for obvious reasons. Moreover, even in the event of an attack precipitated in part by the failure of the host country to provide adequate security, the Secretary of State has no authority to either order an attack or a stand down. That is done by the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the heads of national security agencies. As I am sure you already know, consular services are available in embassies, but Consulates are in cities and large towns, often far away from the capital city. Consular security is provided by the host country. Some of those consulates are fairly large, others are just a room in an office building manned by a vice-consul.
      The question that I wish someone had asked was why did an experienced career diplomat like Amb. Stevens decide to go to Benghazi without adequate escort knowing the social unrest that prevailed there? I suspect that his visit was prompted by the need to talk to CIA operatives in Benghazi to get first hand information on the situation, and that he did not anticipate the anti-video protests that paved the way for the terrorist attack that followed. I suspect the reason his decision has not been questioned is because of national security considerations, including the need to protect the identities of American agents and informants in Libya.
      The other questions that begs to be asked is where were all the inquisitors when 12 U.S. Embassies and Consulates were attacked during W’s tenure, and over 100 people were killed? Those attacks were not investigated, nobody blamed W, Colin Powell, or Condi rice for them, and we would even know they took place had we not read the back pages of local newspapers.

    2. 1standlastword October 25, 2015

      And to prove his attraction to deceivers notice his bike uniee that reveals his loyalty to a Lance Armstrong team. Jedi probably thinks Lance was clean and just got robbed of all those trophies

  3. 1standlastword October 24, 2015

    “Republicans say the purpose of the panel is to thoroughly investigate the incident, which killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.”
    More truthfully and more accurately the word “investigate” should be castigate HRC.

    The modern republican movement is the attempt to use matters of moral significance as cover for carrying out their pernicious objectives.

    I’m glad Democrats have decided to stick around to confound this bogus lynch party’s jerk fest by making certain the truth of its wastefulness is apparent for all to see!

    I still believe this is a piece of self-promotion for Mr. Gowdy’s 2016 political ambitions

    p.s. It’s really too bad NM is so heavily dependent on video ADs that diminish the quality of the users experience…damn!

  4. Dominick Vila October 25, 2015

    How about investigating the following with special emphasis on find a culprit rather than prevention:

    Terrorist attacks during George W. Bush’s tenure:

    2001 – World Trade Center, New York and Pentagon, DC; 3,000 killed.

    2002 – U.S. Consulate in Karachi Pakistan attacked, 12 killed; 51 injured.

    2003 – International Compound, Saudi Arabia, 17 killed .

    2003 – U.S. Consulate, Karachi, Pakistan, 2 killed.

    2004 – U.S. Embassy bombed in Uzbekistan, 2 killed 9 injured.

    2004 – U.S. Consulate Saudi Arabia, 8 killed.

    2006 – U.S. Consulate, Karachi, Pakistan, 4 killed including a U.S. diplomat. Second attack against the same Consulate.

    2006 – U.S. Embassy, Syria, 1 killed and 13 wounded.

    2007 – Grenade launched into the U.S. Embassy in Athens. No casualties.

    2008 – U.S. Embassy, Serbia. No casualties.

    2008 – U.S. Consulate, Turkey, 3 killed.

    2008 – U.S. Embassy in Yemen bombed, 13 killed.

    – Terrorist attacks during George
    H, W, Bush’s tenure: 12 Embassy attacks with 60 killed.

    Daily attacks against U.S. interests, civilians, and against our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    GOP reaction: George W. Bush transformed into a war President, and praised for keeping us safe!

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