Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Senate Democrats are calling for the dissolution of the House Select Committee on Benghazi in light of an admission by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy that the committee’s existent is purely political.
A letter signed by five Democratic leaders in the senate urges Speaker of the House John Boehner to “disband” the committee after McCarthy said in an interview on Fox News that it had been put together “to serve the political purpose of defeating Secretary Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential elections by hurting her in the polls, rather than conducting a serious investigation into a terrorist attack that killed four Americans.”
“We should not disrespect their sacrifice by further politicizing this tragedy,” the letter explains.
Sens. Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Barbara Boxer, D-Cal.; and Patty Murray, D-Wash. signed the letter, criticizing the committee’s $4.5 million price tag. The Democrats also note that the investigation has gone on longer than those related to the Watergate scandal, the Pearl Harbor attack, the Warren Commission investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the Iran Contra investigation.
Noting the lack of evidence supporting “any of the original Republican conspiracy theories on Benghazi,” the letter urges its disbanding, calling the continued spending on what the Democrats deem a political attack “unconscionable.”
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