Skip to main content

Trey Gowdy's circus hearing on Benghazi (formerly Issa's hearing)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is set to make the announcement official at 2 PM ET, but Associated Press reports she's picked the five Democrats who will sit on the GOP's new #Benghazi committee:
The Democrats who will join seven Republicans are Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, Adam Smith of Washington state, Adam Schiff of California, Linda Sanchez of California and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois.
Welcome to the circus, folks.

We'll post an update after Pelosi makes it officially official.

10:58 AM PT: If you're so inclined, Pelosi's press conference is on C-SPAN3.

11:11 AM PT: Schiff was one of those who called on Democrats to skip the panel, so he's not going to be shy about calling out Republicans for stepping over the line. Cummings, as you may recall, has repeatedly run circles around Darrell Issa on the House Oversight Committee. Smith is the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee and has in the past called out Republicans for wasting money on the Benghazi investigation. Sanchez is the second-ranking Democratic on the Homeland Security Committee, and Linda Sanchez is the top Democrat on the House Ethics Committee. Tammy Duckworth, of course, will bring her perspective as a combat veteran to the committee.

11:15 AM PT: Pelosi says the committee is "not necessary." Says she "had hoped" the committee would be fair, but "regrettably we were not able to achieve an agreement." So, she says, she is sending Democrats to fight—to the extent possible—against the GOP's efforts to politicize Benghazi with their panel.

11:19 AM PT: Elijah Cummings echoes Pelosi's concerns about "abusive" Republican tactics. And says he will see his role as fighting for "fairness and transparency."

11:19 AM PT:
Fake witches need defending RT @ByronYork: Dem Rep Adam Smith, new Benghazi select committee member: Benghazi investigation is 'witch hunt.'


11:21 AM PT: For what it's worth, I'm looking forward to the GOP faceplant after they hold hearings in September in October on Benghazi.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site