July 16, 2015

Step by step Rep. Trey Gowd's House Select Committee on Benghazi is being exposed as just another oppo-research group devoted to attacking Hillary Clinton. We knew this from the start, but they are having a hard time covering it up and the Democrats on the committee are getting fed up.

The Hill:

Democrats serving on the House Select Committee on Benghazi say the panel’s GOP chairman has “abandoned” plans for hearings to shift the focus of the investigation to Hillary Clinton.

“At the beginning of this year, Select Committee Republicans provided Democrats with detailed information about their plans to hold 11 hearings between January and October on a wide range of topics relating to the Benghazi attacks,” the panel’s five Democrats wrote Wednesday in a letter to chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.).

“Since then, however, Republicans have completely abandoned this plan — holding no hearings at all since January and instead focusing on former Secretary Hillary Clinton,” they added.

The missive gives an outline of the hearings the panel was supposed to convene, including: one in April with former Defense secretaries Robert Gates and Leon Panetta to examine why the U.S. had an outpost in Benghazi, Libya; another in May with Clinton to discuss the same topic; another in July with former U.N. ambassador Susan Rice; and finally one in October to hammer out specific oversight recommendations to help prevent a similar attack from happening in the future.

Gowdy and panel Republicans have maintained that the probe into the 2012 attacks that killed four Americans cannot move forward until the State Department hands over all emails from Clinton's top aides.

They have also argued that Clinton should give the private email server she used while in office — which the presidential contender's attorney says has been wiped clean of data — to a third-party to determine if any information can be recovered.

Democrats are upset that no work on the panel has been completed recently.

“The Select Committee has not only postponed its hearings with Secretary Clinton and other State Department witnesses, but it has abandoned all of its other hearings as well, including those examining other agencies like the Department of Defense and the CIA,” according to Democrats.

They are waiting as long as possible to interfere with the 2016 election. What cads.

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