Nancy Pelosi picks five House Democrats to join Benghazi panel

By Daniel S Levine,

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that she has picked five Democrats to join the Republican-led special committee investigating the 2012 attacks on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

In a statement released by her office, the California Democrat announced that Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland will lead the Democrats on the panel. The other four members are Adam Smith (D-WA); Adam B. Schiff (D-CA); Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA); and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL).

House Majority Leader John Boehner called for the committee to be created earlier this month and the House approved the measure, 232-186. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) was named chairman and will be joined by six other Republicans.

As The Wall Street Journal notes, some Democrats thought about boycotting the panel, thinking that joining it would bring legitimacy to the GOP’s ongoing pursuit of different answers from the Obama administration about the incident, which lead to the deaths of four Americans.

The GOP has said that the White House had misled the American public about it being a terrorist attack and previous investigations have blamed the State Department. According to the Associated Press, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said today that the House’s investigation was not needed.

Indeed, Pelosi herself later called the committee a “shameful attempt to politicize the Benghazi tragedy,” but, “That is why Dems must participate—to stand up for the truth.”



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