Blackburn: Skipping Benghazi Committee Like Sitting Out Watergate

Friday, 09 May 2014 03:32 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee likens the threat by House Democrats to not participate in the Benghazi select committee to what would have happened if Republicans had opted out of the Watergate hearings investigating former President Richard Nixon.

"What do you think The New York Times would have done during Watergate, if instead of leading the investigation, Sen. Howard Baker and Fred Thompson, future senator who was a staff attorney, if they had tried to cover this up, sweep it under the rug, what do you think would’ve happened?" Blackburn asked J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV.

"But instead, see, they led on this, and then it was a Republican who went to the White House and said, 'Mr. President it is time for you to leave,' and that is the way they handled it," she added.

The Tennessee Republican was responding to an editorial by The New York Times, which said, "Democrats who are now debating whether to participate in the committee shouldn't hesitate to skip it." It referred to the committee as "the Benghazi kangaroo court, also known as the Select House Committee to Inflate a Tragedy Into a Scandal."

Blackburn also said that she finds it "egregious" that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would have pushed the talking points that cited a video that supposedly motivated the perpetrators behind the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, for political purposes.

"I just find it egregious that the secretary of state would’ve repeated this known change in talking points to these families that had lost their loved ones, and would have been OK with doing that or would have participated in that," she added.


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