Top Dem On Benghazi Committee: Shut It Down!
September 4, 2015

What? Take away their only shot at a Republican presidency and ruin all their fun?

A top Democrat serving on the House committee on Benghazi accused the panel's leaders of abusing its purpose and called for the committee's dissolution in a Friday op-ed.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) wrote in The New York Times that the committee has abandoned any pretense of investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Libya and become "little more than a partisan tool to influence the presidential race" instead.

"Whatever their original purpose, the Select Committee’s leaders appear no longer to have any interest in Benghazi," he wrote, "except as the tragic events of that day may be used as a cudgel against the likely Democratic nominee for president," Hillary Clinton. Schiff argued that sets a "dangerous precedent" by which Congressional committees could attack other likely presidential nominees in the future.

The California Democrat also drew attention to the the amount of money — $4 million in taxpayer dollars — and the amount of time — 16 months — the committee has spent ostensibly investigating the Benghazi attacks without gleaning any "additional insight" into what happened there on Sept. 11, 2012.

Marty Longman points out another bad consequence of the Republican attack plan: It's actually making diplomats too gun shy to perform their jobs as they see fit.

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