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Pelosi Refuses To Put Dems On Benghazi Committee

From the Washington Examiner:

GOP will start Benghazi probe without Dems after Nancy Pelosi rejects committee rules

By Susan Ferrechio | MAY 9, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has rejected the terms of a GOP-created select committee on Benghazi, but Republicans are moving ahead without them. A top aide to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told the Washington Examiner that the Benghazi Select Committee met today for the first time and plans to move ahead with its investigation, despite the missing Democrats.

"We made a fair offer," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said. "We hope they appoint Democrats. At this point, it’s time to get to work." Pelosi, D-Calif., rejected the panel’s terms in letter to Boehner that was in response to GOP proposal about the select panel would operate…

According to a Democratic leadership aide, Pelosi rejects a rule that will not prevent chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., from issuing unilateral subpoenas without consulting with Democrats…

In other words, the Democrats want to veto power on the subpoena witnesses.

The GOP aide said it’s not likely Boehner will change the rules to allow Pelosi to have veto power over subpoenas and witness interviews, which is what they believe she is seeking. "These are powers the minority never gets," the aide said…

For the record, the last select committee formed under Pelosi’s Speakership in 2007, a Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, had nine Democrats and six Republicans. And the Republicans did not have the power to veto subpoenas.

Meanwhile, there is this update from The Hill:

Becerra: Democrats will participate if Benghazi panel ‘fair, open and balanced’

By Russell Berman | May 11, 2014

A senior House Democrat said Sunday the party is ready to participate in the Benghazi select committee as long as the process is “fair, open and balanced.” Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), who as caucus chairman is the fourth-ranking House Democrat, would not commit to the party appointing members to the new House panel, but he said Democrats did not have specific demands like a requirement to sign off on the issuing of subpoenas.

So the "Democratic leadership aide" cited by the Washington Examiner was lying?

“If it’s a fair, open and balanced process then absolutely,” Becerra said on “Fox News Sunday” when asked if Democrats would participate in the select committee…

“We’ve always said that we’re ready to participate,” he added. “We have an oversight responsibility in Congress. What we don’t want to see is reckless and irresponsible use of taxpayer money to do these witch hunts.” …

Yes, Mr. Bacerra sounds very open minded about it all. By the way, did Mr. Becerra vote for money for the witch hunt of ‘Scooter Libby’?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 12th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Pelosi Refuses To Put Dems On Benghazi Committee”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    So Nancy’s gonna “take her ball and go home” cuz the “mean kids” won’t let her have her way.

    What she forgets is that the “mean kids” always have and always will say, “Fine, we’ll use the old ball and have fun anyway; We don’t particularly need you.”

    However, on a more serious note, the committee members must not let Boner have much control over, well, anything. He has done this to preserve his electoral chances this fall but if he attempts to show leniency, he should be appropriately removed from his authority by any legal means necessary.

    He’s already submitted that Lerner won’t be taken into custody so there goes that bit of power over the democrats. Why couldn’t he have kept her on the bubble, never saying yes, never saying no so that the democrats would drive themselves into a frenzy of panic and fear?

    After all, they do it to republicans all the time–even I can’t see the challenge in that whole subject.

    In any case, I fear it’s going to be a lot of monkey-motion with no real revelations because that’s exactly what Boner wants. Thus, so he can continue to be the stooge at the cool kids’ table.

  2. canary says:

    How can Pelosi and Dems call it a GOP “stunt” when they’ve never seen seen any documents or heard any testimony? Those documents Judicial Watch most all of it including names in the c/c are whited out.

    Harry Reid may have just jinxed himself, he’s pulled a Hillary and now calling it a “right wing conspiracy”.

    I think old age and the botox has poisoned Pelosi’s brain, and Reid is such a kook, I can’t imagine them getting re-elected because they are worthless. The unemployment rate in both their states are the worst in the country.

  3. untrainable says:

    Pelosi Won’t Put Dems On Benghazi Committee – FINALLY. I agree with Nancy Pelosi. Any committee that is seriously looking for the truth about Benghazi would be hobbled from the start if there were democrats involved. The wagons have been circled around Oblameless and Hitlery since the infamous Rice propaganda hit the airwaves. They will do anything they can to derail any real search for the truth. So Stay away Nancy. We’ll do much better without you or any of your minions gumming up the works.

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