Five Democrats Named to Benghazi Select Committee
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday that a full delegation of five House Democrats will join the select committee investigating the Benghazi attacks. Since the creation of the committee, House Democrats have debated among themselves whether they should participate, since they view continued investigations as a political ploy. As was previously reported, Republican and Democratic leadership have been negotiating over the past couple weeks about the rules the committee will follow. Speaker John Boehner and Leader Pelosi met on Tuesday, but the parties have not reached a definitive agreement on procedures yet. A House GOP leadership aide said, “We have offered assurances on committee procedures, but no substantive changes that could hurt the investigation.”
Elijah Cummings, ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, will serve as select committee’s ranking member. The remaining Democrats on the committee will be Adam Smith (D-WA), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Linda Sanchez (D-CA), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). They will join Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and six additional Republicans.
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